I heard that when the poet Racine stepped inside Sainte-Chape1le, he said he felt like he had died and gone to heaven. He was right. If you only have one day in Paris, go here. It is worth the long lines, which move in blocks inside the chapel. If you think the downstairs is wonderful enough, you ain't seen nothin yet!
The most common reaction upon entering the upstairs room is awe: people stand rooted to the ground, their jaws drop open, their eyes go round, and they gape. I cannot describe the effect of these huge, yet intricate windows. The colors are so bright you'd think this place was new, instead of being centuries old. The effect of morning or late-afternoon light slanting in and making patterns on the floor is especially worth seeing.
There are also concerts in Sainte-Chapelle. I once went to an evening organ concert. You might think organ music in a church is not your thing; I advise you to give it a try. The room is lighted with candles and the effect is pretty spectacular.
This is one of my favorite places in the entire world.
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