One of the jewels of Paris, The Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, within the medieval Palais de la Cité, the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century, on the Île de la Cité in the heart of Paris, France.
This place is inside building housing justice court so security is tight. On the outside, the building doesn’t look remarkable – but, when you go inside it is amazing. The chapel is on two levels. The first chapel you enter is beautiful then you go upstairs to a second which is stunning. You walk up tiny crammed flight of stairs to reach the first level. The colours that will meet your eyes will blow you away. A strong contrast to Notre Dame with the beautiful stained glass window on all sides. Calling it awesome is not doing justice to the lovely stained glass work here. It will be great to carry a good SLR camera as you cannot use flash and normal mobile picture do not do justice to the wonderful work of stained glass here.
It isn’t too far from Notre Dame, so if you are visiting there, you can easily walk over to the Sainte-Chapelle and see some of the most beautiful stained glass in the world.
The entry through the dark crypt doesn’t prepare you for the wow factor as you enter the main chapel with fabulous stained glass windows. Make sure it is sunny to get the full effect. Try to go early in the day, when the light is good and before it gets mobbed by noisy tourists. Truly a jewel.