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Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

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#4 of 3,089 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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  • Impressive stained glass Windows and the structure. Very very beautiful. Unfortunately we had to queue while having the Paris pass.
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  • This is a once in a lifetime view. You do have to walk up a spiral staircase to get to it - and since it is on French Government property there is a security check.  more »
  • I visited at the acclaimed on TripAdvisor. All aspects of the high-ceilinged walls are stained-glass Chapel. From left to right. From below it and look up. Outside the weather was not good, but shone during this.
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  • Not only is the exterior architectural design of the church something to marvel at, but so is its interior. With its stained glass windows, this place is one to really admire and take wonderful photos with. There’s some history behind this place as well and I find it fascinating how this place could still look so new and beautiful through its years of establishment. Visiting this church is a must when spending time in the beautiful city of Paris.
  • Beyond stunning, wall to wall stained glass. The wait to get it was 30 - 40 minutes on the street with the actual space being on the smaller side! Still, the walk up the steps into the second floor was literally gasp-worthy. I feel that more maintenance could be enforced in this incredible space - especially being that it neighbors the court house!
  • Definitely get the guided tour. I saw it twice without the tour and although the structure is beautiful, it is small and we were ready to leave in 15-20 minutes. With the tour you learn SO much about the history and architecture and you appreciate the building so much more! Go in the morning when the light is at its best on the glass.
  • Impressive stained glass church. Go upstairs to see the tall stained glass windows. The circular stairs are tight and about 1 floor, too easy. Debatable on the cost to see, however the fact that there is no glass broken is amazing in itself. We spent less that 30 minutes here, point and shoot and move on.
  • 10€ is a huge ripoff, but worth the visit. There's the lower chapel and the higher chapel (take the small spiral staircase on the entrance) but yes, the chapel itself is exhilarating and breathtaking. The stained glass, the gold details and the blue patterns on the ceiling are mesmerizing. It's beautiful and impressive but a really short visit because the place is really small, which is kind of a let down.
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