A royal palace in the 14th century, the Conciergerie later became a prison. During the Reign of Terror (1793–94) alleged enemies of the...
Beneath the square in front of Notre Dame is the Archaeological Crypt. The 117m-long and 28m-wide area displays in situ the remains of...
Le Bar du Caveau
The wine bar for neighbour Le Caveau du Palais is not only a good spot for a glass of wine from France's flagship regions but also...
Le Caveau du Palais
Even when the western Île de la Cité shows few other signs of life, the Caveau's half-timbered dining areas and (weather permitting) al...
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Try to save Sainte-Chapelle for a sunny day, when Paris’ oldest, finest stained glass is at its dazzling best. Enshrined within the Palais de Justice (Law Courts), this gemlike Holy Chapel is Paris’ most exquisite Gothic monument. Sainte-Chapelle was built in just six years (compared with nearly 200 years for Notre Dame) and consecrated in 1248.
The chapel was conceived by Louis IX to house his personal collection of holy relics, including the famous Holy Crown (now in Notre Dame).
Before arriving, download the storyboard from its website to read the biblical story from Genesis to the resurrection of Christ. Audioguides cost €4.50/6 for one/two people.
Peek at its exterior from across the street, by the law courts’ magnificently gilded 18th-century gate facing rue de Lutèce.