Sainte-Chapelle is located in the Palais de Justice complex, and when we arrived there about 12:30, there was a wrap-around line of 200-300 people. We got in line and started what turned out to be an hour-long wait.
Warning! Warning! Warning! If you do go to Sainte-Chapelle, go way early in the morning or after 2:30. Why? Because after about a half-hour in line, an employee of Palais de Justice came by and notified that the gate closed from 1:30 to 2:30 and that no one would be let in during that period so we should just go our merry way. Most of us in line ignored him, shocked and in disbelief...we've never heard of such a thing! He came by again about 15 minutes later and basically said we were foolish for remaining in line. And at about 1:20, he came by and said that everybody in line after a certain point (about 5 people ahead of us) would not be let in.
He could see smoke coming out of everyone's ears, so he told a group of us that if we came back at 2:30, he would place us at the front of whatever line had developed at that time. We accepted his offer and went away. What do to for an hour?
And another perspective of the main upper room. It gives you a great idea of the scale, but is way too bright compared to what we saw. Maybe on a very sunny day it looks this way, I don't know.
In any case, enjoy! We had a great time here and so will you. Please take the time to see it.
Time Needed: 1 hour + time in line
Stairs: About 30 steps up, 30 steps down.
What to bring: Camera
Pictures Taken With: Canon S5 IS (all but last 3, anyway)