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Sainte-Chapelle – A “Must Visit” For Everyone

If you ever have the chance to visit Paris, and you enjoy classical music here is a great tip.  Go see a concert at the church of Sainte-Chapelle. It is located on the Ile de la Cite close to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Depending on the time of year you may want to buy your tickets a few days in advance. They most likely sell out during the height of the tourist season.  We bought our tickets across the street from the church at a restaurant of all places.  I believe we paid 35 Euro, which was less than the following link. – I guarantee it will be a special evening.  The night we were there they had a string ensemble that played Vivaldi. The setting alone was enough to make our evening.  Add the superb performance, and what more could you ask for?

“Inside Sainte-Chapelle for our concert.”

“We went for a walk and found these guys on the path.”

“It’s getting cold. There’s fog on the canal.”

Sainte-Chapelle was built between 1242 and 1248 by King Louis IX of France.  It was originally built to house his collection of Christian relics, which included The Crown of Thorns and the Image of Edessa.  I’m not sure what happened to the relics, but they are no longer there.  Even if you don’t like music you should visit Sainte-Chapelle for the beautiful architecture.  The chapel is actually rather small, and is up stairs at the Palais de Justice.  It’s best if you can go on a sunny day.  The 13th century stained glass windows are what make Sainte-Chapelle so special.  Unlike most churches the walls are mostly stained glass. Besides when you’re done visiting Sainte-Chapelle, Notre Dame is only a couple of blocks away.

“Reflections of a lock house on the canal.”

“A peaceful mooring with no one around.”

“We see lots of cats, but I never know if they are ferral or not.”

-Tom Miller
Author of “The Wave” – 
a Chuck Palmer Adventure novel


About the Author:

Tom Miller graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He is a consummate adventurer with over 1,000 dives as a recreational scuba diver, and an avid sailor who has traveled 65,000 miles throughout the Pacific including the Hawaiian Islands. Miller has also cruised the canals of Europe on his canal barge and given numerous lectures on cruising the canals of Europe, as well as sailing in the South Pacific. Piloting is also an interest of Miller's, and He has completed over 1,000 hours flying everything from small Cessnas to Lear jets.