Located in the île-de-la-Cîte in the very centre of Paris, the 13th century Sainte-Chapelle is a marvel of Rayonnant gothic architecture. Built within the medieval royal palace, the chapel was constructed by Louis IX to house his Passion relics - a collection which includes the Crown of Thorns. The structure boasts a stunning interior, containing no less than 15 stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes. Although two-thirds of the towering stained glass pieces are original, unfortunately much of the chapel was destroyed during the French Revolution. A huge restoration project starting in the 1970s was finally completed in 2014 and you can now attend classical concerts in this atmospheric location.
The nearest airport to Sainte-Chapelle is Paris Charles de Gaulle. From there, take the RER or underground system into town and then the métro to Cité station on line 4. The monument is open every day from 9am to 5pm from January to March, 9.30am to 6pm from April to October and from 9am to 5pm during November and December. It is closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and 1st May. The general admission price is €10.
To learn more about the rich history of this important Christian monument, why not take a guided tour, at a charge of €15.
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Paris is one of the world’s greatest cities and you’re sure to find plenty of sights to see and things to do: explore the works of the great masters at the Louvre Museum; take in some natural sights at the Luxembourg Gardens; and enjoy a well-deserved glass of champagne after climbing up the Eiffel Tower.
To find out more information about Sainte-Chapelle, please head to the official website, where you’ll be able to find out more about the île de la Cité, admission, entry fees, the concerts that take place there and check out a virtual tour of the building.
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