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Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

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#5 of 4,338 in Historic Sites in France
Soaring stained glass windows beam a myriad of colored light onto the floor's rich tile mosaics inside Sainte-Chapelle. This house of worship is one of the highest achievements of the Rayonnant period Gothic architecture, and retains one of the most extensive collections of 13th-century stained glass anywhere in the world. Built by the French kings to house the relics of the Crown of Thorns, this "jewel box" structure has two levels and an impressive vaulted ceiling. Use our Paris online travel planner to visit Sainte-Chapelle on your trip to Paris, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Sainte-Chapelle is a must see. The stained glass windows are breathtaking. You only need about 30 minutes here, so it's great for a quick stop.  more »
  • I came here towards the end of a Europe holiday, and was somewhat 'chapelled-out' by the time I got to Sainte-Chapelle. However, I had heard about the stained glass-windows so was keen to have a look....  more »
  • Lined up with baggage. I would soon find out because the procession along the street. When you are on the first floor and on the second floor and stairs are narrow. Could not see the stained-glass Windows are great, a lot of people within a limited space, so slowly. Free bathroom outside (on premises).
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  • Amazing, brilliant, colourful stained glass creates a dazzling effect in the chapel proper. Down below in the entryway are beautifully-painted walls and ceilings. One can imagine the French royalty worshipping in here hundreds of years ago. A pity that the French Revolution destroyed the collection of relics, and that it is no longer in use as a church. Exquisite.
  • This is one of oldest churches of Paris. It's not the biggest or most famous, but in my opinion it is the most beautiful. The windows surround the main room and they are all stained glass that tells the story of the Bible. The towering stain glass windows are fantastic and impressive especially when one considers hour old they are.
  • If you have the time take a trip into this historic stop. I didn't realize how much history was in this Chapel. I won't go into detail in this review but I highly recommend you research this Chapel. We had a little extra time and I wanted to go into the prison where Marie Antoinette was and this is next door so we decided to drop in. We were very glad we did. Make sure and walk up the few steps to get to the top. It is stunning. They closed early around 5:15 I believe.
  • This "Royal Chapel" was completed in 1248, and housed French Kings/Royalty for its first 100+ years!! It is famous/world renown for its outstanding stained glass windows- fourteen large windows in all and the religious history conveyed within! The chapel was built to hold the relics of "the Passion of Christ". The hours that it is open to the public change over the course of the year, so check the web site to avoid disappointment. Also, it is advisable to purchase entry tickets in advance. I hope that this review has been helpful!.
  • Fascinating piece of History. If I'm correct these windows date back to the 13th century. The story of the scriptures is is told through the drawings in the windows so the average person could learn at that time. Books were less common. We stood in line for nearly three hours to get in but in my opinion it was worth seeing
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