"Ste-Chapelle" Sainte-Chapelle Tip by Erin74

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris: 145 reviews and 357 photos

  The windows at Ste. Chapelle
by Erin74

Ste-Chapelle is located on the Ile de la Cite, inside the Palais du Justice and just around the corner from Notre Dame.

The chapel was built by Louis IX in the thirteenth century to house the Crown of Thorns that Jesus wore during his execution and a piece of the True Cross. While the Crown of Thorns & the Cross are no longer located at Ste-Chapelle, the church remains one of the most dramatic and memorable in Paris.

The church is rather small (when compared to Notre Dame, certainly!) and a excellent example of gothic design. Its majestic stained glass windows are famous throughout the world.

When you walk into the lower chapel, you might not be suitably impressed. Take the wooden, circular staircase up to the Upper Chapel and prepare to be completely blown away. The stained glass in the Upper Chapel is magnificent, and particularly inspiring on sunny days.

It's interesting that Ste-Chapelle has not been fully restored. The church is definitely rough around the edges and the floors and walls are worn. The windows could use cleaning. However, it is still one of the most beautiful churches you'll ever see!

Ste-Chapelle is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. I believe that we paid about 8 euros each for admission. The lines can get long on the weekends. It's worth the wait to see it at mid-day, when the sun is shining through the windows.

Address: Boulevard du Palais
Directions: Sainte-Chapelle is inside the Palais of Justice on Ile de le Cité-- a few minute walk from Notre Dame. Métro : Cité, Staint-Michel, or Châtelet. RER: Chatelet -Les-Halles, Saint-Michel
Phone: 01 53 73 78 50
Website: http://www.pbase.com/francist/chap&page=all

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 13, 2004
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