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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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Since this is located inside the secure area of a French Government building, expect a line to both clear security and another at the ticket section getting into the church. A Museum Pass is helpful as it allows you to skip people buying tickets here. There are two levels (open to the public) the bottom chapel open to the commoners (of it's day) which is beautiful but cramped by Gothic standards. Once you take in the bottom chapel, find your way upstairs to the soaring beauty of the chapel designed to hold the Crown of Thorns. While the Crown is not on display, the beautiful stained glass of this church is magnificent and impressive.
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.
One of my favourite places in Paris. One can not be prepared for the awe-inspiring work that greets you at the top of the flight of stairs. Simply breathtaking. It may be small but try not to rush. Find a place to sit and read the stories being told by the stained glass. The more I looked into the details, the more I appreciated the beauty of the place. In every pane was a story told. As I left the churched and looked back at the outside structure again, it finally struck me why this place affected me so, one would never suspect that such an unassuming church could hold such a gem. As in life, the truly wonderful occur in places and at times one least expects.
This is an amazing feast for the eyes. Photos do not do it justice. When you first enter it's a pretty unassuming, old building. But walk up the winding, narrow stairs and prepare to say "Wow." The cathedral is a stunning surround of glass. You'll have to pay for the privilege to see the place, but it's worth the cost. It doesn't take a lot of time so it's a good place to fit in between other sightseeing.
If there were six or more stars Sainte-Chapelle would deserve the top rating. An amazing Gothic church with breathtaking stained glass windows, dating back to the XIII century, that literally take you aback. The twisted staircase that takes you to the second level makes you feel as if you were going back into Medieval times... Truly magical place. Probably the most fascinating church in Paris