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Date of travel

April, 2015

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Adult family

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Sainte-Chapelle is located on the Île de la Cité, very close to Notre Dame cathedral.

This medieval gem is divided into two chapels: a downstairs one originally for the use of soldiers and servants, and an upstairs one for the sole use of the royal family.

Although the downstairs chapel is pleasant, it’s the upstairs one which has the “wow” factor. Completely surrounded by huge stained glass windows, it’s like walking into a kaleidoscope. On a sunny day the floor is covered in patches of coloured light, although it does get busy so you will need to wait for a gap in the crowd to see this.

You will probably have to queue to get in, but the queue moves quickly. The main access is via a spiral staircase, but there is a lift for disabled visitors (it’s a bit hidden so you may have to ask for directions). You can buy a joint ticket to Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie which is just a few steps along the road.

Seniors get a reduced rate, disabled visitors and their escorts are admitted free. No refreshment facilities. There are toilets outside the chapel but when we went these were not pleasant!


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