Diane, A Broad
June 13, 2013

Sainte-Chapelle

The front door to Sainte-Chapelle deposits you in the lower chapel, which is, you know, fine. But then, you walk up the stairs to the upper chapel, and it’s almost impossible to stop yourself from gasping.

Sainte-Chapelle by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

Sainte-Chapelle by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

This place truly can’t be captured in photos. The height and the color and the light all kind of blend together and make your mind seize up until you’re just standing there, mouth slightly agape, eyes glazed over, your brain unable to output anything more advanced than, “oooh, pretty” for a few minutes.

Sainte-Chapelle by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

Sainte-Chapelle by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

If you go on a sunny day (which you should), the light that filters in through the massive windows stains the floor in constantly-changing patterns. It’s magical.

Sainte-Chapelle by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

Sainte-Chapelle by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

It’s a teeny bit of a hassle to get in because Sainte-Chapelle is located inside the Palais de Justice, so you have to pass through gendarme security, but it’s absolutely worth it. I can’t believe I waited so long to go.

Sainte-Chapelle by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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3 Responses to “Sainte-Chapelle”

  1. Susan says:

    I have been to Paris probably 15 times and, on each occasion, I head for Sainte Chapelle for another look. It is, as you say, almost more than the brain can handle. I’m going again in the fall and will make yet another pilgrimage. The photos are gorgeous.

  2. RBJello says:

    Love the photos. I never got to go before I left Paris. But, I guess it gives me a good excuse to come back. :)

  3. Lauren Lou says:

    Oh. My. Word. This is beautiful! I must go take a look myself!! xx

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