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Sainte-Chapelle

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Sainte-Chapelle features in these preplanned City Guides:

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Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Beautiful stained glass windows
  • Unique atmosphere
  • One of the most spectacular churches in Paris

Time required: 45 minutes

Phone: +33 1 53 40 60 80

Web site: http://sainte-chapelle.m...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
March 1 - October 31: 9:30am - 1pm
November 1 - February 28: 9am - 1pm
Jan 1, May 1, Dec 1 and 25: Closed

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: 8 €
Reduced: 5 €
Under 25: Free
Disabled, Unemployed: Free

Public transport:

  • Metro Line 4: Cite station

Address: 4, boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris

Things you need to know:

  • Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel) is a Gothic church that dates back to 13th century
  • Louis IX (1214-70) commissioned the works
  • The church was built to hold a crown of thorns the king believed Chirst wore during his crucifixion
  • It is considered the most beautiful church in Paris for its magnicifent stained-glass windows
  • The 15 m high windows show over 1000 Biblical stories from Genesis to the Crucifixion
  • They create breathtaking light play in the afternoon light

What to do there:

  • Start your visit in the lower chapel that was intended for the servants and lower orders of the Royal Palace
  • Continue to the upper chapel that houses the striking stained glass windows that soar up to the gothic, vaulted ceiling

Tips & Insights:

  • Restoration works are in progress until 2011/12 but the chapel is still worth the visit
  • If it is possible save the visit for a sunny day. You won't get the whole effect if it is cloudy or rainy
  • You can save money by purchasing a combined ticket to Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie (11 €)
  • You can enjoy a great classical concert in the church. Visit this site for dates and prices

 

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