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Sainte-Chapelle

February 26th, 2009 by paris

Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel and is set in the courtyard of the Palais de Justice compound on the Ile de la Cite. Consecrated in 1248 Sainte-Chapelle is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world.

The glorious stained glass windows set in a delicate stone framework are considered to be the finest in existence. Sainte-Chapelle is no longer an actual chapel, and unlike Notre Dame there is no altar or overtly religious trappings, but seating is provided for the quiet contemplation of these magnificent windows which wrap around the entire upper floor.

There are occasionally concerts at Sainte-Chapelle would make a wonderful experience.

  • Go to www.archetspf.asso.fr/ for details:
  • Tickets can be purchased at the door prior to performances
  • There is a separate entrance concert entrance, to the right of the courtyard on boulevard du Palais.

Entry costs

Entry to Sainte-Chapelle costs 7.5 euros, you can combine the ticket with entrance to the Conciergerie next door for 10 euros. It is included in the museum pass.

If you are intending to visit both the Conciergerie and Sainte-Chapelle then it is probably worth your while buying the tickets at the Conciergerie which tends to have shorter queues.

How to get there

Metro: Cite

RER: Saint Michel-Notre Dame

Things to note:

Requires you to go through metal detectors and a bag search.

Seating facilities with about 100 chairs for visitors to sit and take the views in.

Recommended ONLY if you have a Museum Pass and have already seen the other more important places.

Notre Dame within walking distance is a much bigger version of Sainte-Chapelle and it is free !

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