What can you say about a place that’ll engage your eyes and ears at the same time? If you ever wanted to feel close to Christ, this is a really good place to visit. Louis IX, who was looking to house the “Passion Relics” of Christ, paid for this beautiful Gothic church. Dressed as a penitent, he personally carried the relics, which included the Crown of Thorns, into Sainte-Chapelle. The imperial sanctuary is a prime sample of the stage of Gothic design style called "Rayonnant", distinctive for it’s by its feeling of weightlessness and solid verticals. Getting there will leave you breathless, and you’ll hike up a LOT of steps, but once there, it’s a visual feast. You will loved the stained glass, and the jewel-like walls. For an added bonus, book tickets for the occasional classical music performances scheduled in the evenings. It really adds to the experience. And in case you didn’t know, the Notre Dame Cathedral is next door.
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We went on a weekday with the Paris Museum Pass just before lunch. The museum pass line had no wait. Entering the first level, the glass and ceiling are beautiful with many areas to explore and things to read. The big moment is walking up the stairs in the corner to the main floor. My goodness the stained glass is massive, encompassing and each tells a unique story. Everyone has the same reaction when they walk up - just WOW! Is a must see and can easily be combined with Notre Dame in the same morning or afternoon.
Very cool stained glass church. We didn't prioritize this and just popped in when we could. People seem to stay a while but we felt that 15 minutes or so was plenty to get the shots and get out and away from the mobs. Quite a dramatic building though and happy we went to shoot it!
This is a don't miss. We went by one time and it was closed for a private concert. I was annoyed b/c it is a ways from other stuff and the schedule isn't posted so you don't always know when they do stuff like that. We almost didn't go back. So glad we did. It is a strange set up with it within the walls of the department of Justice (you go through security). The windows are incredible. Pictures do not do it justice.
This chapel is breathtaking. There are many churches and monuments in Paris and I would have to say that this was one of the most incredible places I visited. When you enter the chapel you see a few exhibits and the shop and the second floor is the actual chapel. I walked up the stairs and when entering the room it was literally breathtaking. The stained glass is so beautiful and bright even on the rainy day I visited. I didn't have an audio guide but I used the reference sheets in the chapel on the different stories being illustrated and how to read the stained glass. Make sure you take a seat and look at all the different elements of the chapel. It's quite small but it's a feast for the eyes. The line to get in was atrocious but I had the museum pass and didn't wait at all - I highly recommend that.
Beautiful stained glass windows in a uniquely 2 storey church. The bottom floor has small stained glass windows and I thought that was the main attraction...walk up a dark spiral staircase up one level and you're met with the most magnificent view of stained glass. Particularly beautiful when the sun is shining brightly outside.