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Visit to Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie (The Gothic jewel and the prison)

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On the small island of La Cité, in Paris, several of the most important monuments of the French capital live together, Notre Damme, Sainte Chapelle and the prison of the Conciergerie. Two of them, almost together and of opposite poles coexist today. We talked about the jewel of the gothic Rayonnat, Sainte Chapelle, and the royal residence and prison of the Conciergerie, one of the must-see in Paris.

Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie

Anecdote upon arrival

Before telling you about Sainte Chapelle, we are going to tell you an anecdote. When we arrived we could see a huge queue that reached the main street, but curiously for those who just checked the entrance online, there was no queue, it was entered directly. We had no entry, but at that time the light bulb went on and we bought insitu, from the mobile, the entrance and we saved an hour of queue… :). So you know, buy the entrance to Sainte Chapelle online.

Sainte Chapelle and the Cité Palace

The Palace of the Cité was the residence of the kings of France from the 10th to the 14th century. During the reign of Louis IX, it was built Sainte Chapelle, in order to house the relics of the passion of Christ, among them the Crown of thorns, of incalculable value.


Sainte Chapelle

Today Sainte Chapelle has two overlapping sanctuaries. In the lower chapel is the statue of the Virgin, patron saint of the sanctuary and point of origin of the visit. Draws attention to lís's flowers Francis on the blue background of the vaults that alternate on the columns with the towers of Castile on a purple background.


Sainte Chapelle

At the top of Sainte Chapelle, which is accessed by narrow stairs, it is a true monumental locket. The 15 stained glass windows are spectacular, since they have no less than 1,113 scenes.


Sainte Chapelle

Tell you that the visit is short, but worth it. The two large spaces have something magical. Perhaps it is the color of the light that crosses its windows, in any case, for us, it is one of the most beautiful churches in Paris.


Sainte Chapelle

The concierge

Over time the Conciergerie became a royal residence to the Palace of Justice, housing the most famous prison from Paris, a prison that even housed Marie Antoinette.


The concierge
The concierge

The appearance of the Conciergerie continues to show the vestiges of a medieval royal residence. It is possible to visit the Gendarmerie room, kitchens, cells, several chapels and a courtyard where prisoners could walk during the day.

Personally, the visit to the Conciergerie is not one of the prettiest or most interesting in Paris, since it is not even the Eiffel Tower, invalid olos, but if you have time and want to know a little more about the history of the city, it is a good place to dedicate a couple hours.

Practical data

Recommended tours in Paris

  • Paris Pass Card With it you can access the main tourist attractions and free transportation
  • Boat trip on the Seine. A classic from Paris
  • Excursion to the Palace of Versailles. You can't leave Paris without visiting it
  • Skip the line Louvre Museum. The most famous museum in the world, any excuse not to visit it?
  • Skip the line Eiffel Tower entrance. Possibly the most iconic attraction in the world

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