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Sainte-Chapelle

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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Address: 8 Boulevard du Palais,, 75001 Paris, France
Phone Number:
+33 1 53 40 60 80
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09:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Sainte-Chapelle is the finest royal chapel to be built in France and...

The Sainte-Chapelle is the finest royal chapel to be built in France and features a truly exceptional collection of stained-glass windows. It was built in the mid 13th century by Louis IX, at the heart of the royal residence, the Palais de la Cité. It was built to house the relics of the Passion of Christ. Adorned with a unique collection of fifteen glass panels and a large rose window forming a veritable wall of light,the Sainte-Chapelle is a gem of French Gothic architecture. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 1st March to 31st October: Monday to Friday: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.45 a.m. and to 2.15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st November to 29th February: Monday to Friday: from 9 a.m. to 12.45 a.m. and to 2.15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. The best time to visit is in the morning from Tuesday to Friday. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December and in case of negative temperatures.

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Midieval Music

Some time ago my wife and I took a friend of mine who was passing through Paris to a concert of Medieval music in Sainte Chapelle. It was a concert of Spanish Baroque music... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Some time ago my wife and I took a friend of mine who was passing through Paris to a concert of Medieval music in Sainte Chapelle. It was a concert of Spanish Baroque music played with original ancient instruments and as my friend speaks Spanish and plays Flamenco guitar we thought he would enjoy the evening. But we had to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Coming from town, suddenly after a quite strange way to access, you discover a place out of the world, suddenly the past is there. You are in the middle age and you do not know why and how but you are different. Every detail is different, the carved stones, the stained glass work. Yes you enter in your past. Anyhow... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did this the day before we did Notre Dame and I must say I preferred this! The stained glass windows are amazing! You really don;t know what you're going to see when you go upstairs, which adds to the view when you get there! We got the audioguide which was definitely worth it if you want to know what... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I still remember how marveled I was by my first visit to this place as a kid: the vivid colors of the vitrail and the columns, its intimate nature so different from the intimidating cathedrals. Of course it is rather crowed nowadays, you have to wait in line to enter, but it is quite worth it. I don't go there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Notre Dame is much larger and obvious- that was the church for the masses. Sainte Chapelle was the church for the King. Rather than being on a large open square, it is tucked away behind some municipal buildings and not visible unless you know where to look. Entry is on lower level, and looks like not much, but when you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

No written description can do it justice. Once you emerge from the Lower Chapel (the original place of worship for the palace staff) through the narrow winding staircase, prepare to be amazed by the awesomeness and serenity of the Upper Chapel. I went with my partner and we were practically speechless as we took in the sight of the stained... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

very impressive inside. it's not that big but it's unique with a lot of stained-glass windows. it's better to visit it with a guide because there is a lot to tell about its history.also it's better to visit it when it's sunny outside to see all the reflects of the windows when you are inside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited this on a sunny, winter day and the stained glass was jaw dropping from inside. (I actually ended up enjoying this church more than Notre Dame.) There was a bit of a wait to get in, but I also went after lunch so there was a queue formed waiting for them to reopen. It wasn't bad. Ticket prices... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a small chapel so certain people will be let down. The windows are stuniing, but you only need 20/30 minutes to visit, so make sure you don't expect a cathedral!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Saint Chapelle is such a beautiful place and one for a little rest and contemplation if that suits or a few pics and then onto the next attraction if that is tour preferred style.

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
Two islands sit in the middle of the Seine at the very heart of Paris. The more majestic one, Ile de la Cité, sparkles with history. This is the birthplace of Paris, the home of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, and the site of the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution. Tourists flock to see the iconic Notre Dame and the beautiful bridges that straddle the Seine. Ile Saint-Louis, the more provincial island, welcomes you with cozy traditional eateries, small boutiques, and what some people say is the best ice cream in the city. This is essential Paris from its very beginnings to its modern appeal.
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