Sainte-Chapelle is a beautiful, royal chapel on Île de la Cité in Paris. The high ceiling of the upper cathedral appears to float above walls of glass.

Ste. Chapelle upper chapel
Ste. Chapelle upper chapel

The sides are filled with stained glass windows.

Ste. Chapelle windows
Ste. Chapelle windows

As befitting a gothic building, gargoyles decorate the roof.

Ste. Chapelle gargoyles
Ste. Chapelle gargoyles
gargoyle close-up
gargoyle close-up

The indoor photos were taken at 28 mm, so I needed at shutter speed of 1/30 in order to handhold the shot. I adjusted the ISO to allow a shutter speed of 1/30 second at f/8.

To see the stained glass windows at their best and brightest, visit Sainte-Chapelle when when it’s sunny. On this trip we first saw Sainte-Chapelle when it was convenient but overcast. With our museum pass, we returned when it was clear, visiting Notre Dame first to see the south rose window and then hurrying to nearby Sainte-Chapelle.


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