No matter if you believe in heaven or no, visiting Sainte Chapelle in Paris will make you feel like you are in a gate to heaven. The impression I got after entering the first floor of the chapel is unforgettable!
It was actually my mother who saw a tv program about the Holy Chapel and told me about it. Every time I saw a long queue of people waiting at the entrance to the building on the street between Hotel de Ville and Notre Dame, I thought they want to visit La Conciergerie, a prison where Marie Antoinette was kept before her execution. It turned out that there are two different monuments worth visiting, one next to each other, and two lines to enter them. The moment I found out about this new place, I went to see it!
The Holy Chapel was built in XIII-century by Louis IX to house a collection of saint relics he bought from a Latin emperor of Constantinople. In the large reliquary in the middle of the chapel, there were 22 relics of the Lord’s Passion, among them a piece of the Holy Cross and Crown of Thorns. They were presented to the people of Paris during a celebration but right after they were deposed to Sainte Chapelle where only the king had access. Currently, they are kept in the Treasury of the Cathedral Notre Dame.
The gothic building was constructed in the center of the city, just next to the royal Palais de la Cité on Île de la Cité, known now as La Conciergerie. It has two floors and a balcony. The ground floor was made for the members of the royal house and the upper floor, connected with the private king’s rooms, was created only for the royal family. This storey, mostly consisting of stained glass windows, is giving us an impression that we are in a holy place, in the entrance to heaven.
“Stunning stained glass. Arranged across 15 windows, each 15 metres high, the stained glass panes depict 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments recounting the history of the world until the arrival of the relics in Paris.”
Visiting Sainte Chapelle is a never-to-be-forgotten experience!
You may want to buy a ticket including the entrance to La Conciergerie – it is just 5€ extra and you will avoid standing in the line. Right after entering the Holy Chapel you go directly to the entrance of the old prison.
There is always a long queue to enter this place so prepare yourself for at least 45 min of waiting (even the rain doesn’t discourage people).
Opening hours: 9 am – 5/7 pm (depending on season)
An adult ticket to Sainte Chapelle: 10€
An adult ticket to Sainte Chapelle and La Conciergerie: 15€
How to get there:
- metro line 4 – station Cité
- Rer B, C – station Sainte-Michel Notre-Dame
8 boulevard du Palais
Check more information on the official website of Sainte Chapelle.
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