I witnessed the most gorgeous church to date during our visit to Paris last March. The beautiful stained glass of Sainte Chapelle, though small, is a sight to be seen.
Sainte Chapelle, which means Holy Chapel in French, completed construction in 1249, yes you saw that right! Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergie right next door are two of the oldest buildings in Paris.
Sainte Chapelle was the church of the French Kings and was commissioned by King Louis the IX. The Gothic style architecture is absolutely stunning even after it was damaged during the French Revolution. Rightfully so, it houses the largest 13th century style stained glass in the entire world.
Tips: Arrive first thing in the morning when they open. As I mentioned before the actual chapel is small and the number of people allowed inside are limited (nonetheless it gets super crowded in there!) Ensure you have the best lighting coming in the stained glass windows by visiting the chapel on a sunny morning before the sun is too high in the sky-it is absolutely stunning! As i have recommended time and time again- buy the Paris Museum Pass! You will be able to skip the line (after you go through security) which can save you tons of time!
Looking for more on our trip to France? Check out our hotel here, our tour of the Louvre with Walks of France – here, some Post Cards from Paris- here and the beautiful Cathedral in Reims- here, some fine dining at Le Foch in Reims- here, a Visit to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe- here, recap of Climbing the Towers of Notre Dame and Paris’ Love Lock Bridge- here.