To get to Sainte-Chapelle you enter through tough security surrounding the Palais de Justice. That puts you inside the beautiful gate around the structure and in the front of the Justice building.
From Paris, The Secret History by Andrew Hussey: “…even now one of the most beautiful and mysterious religious sites in Paris, an almost psychedelic series of contrasts between delicate stonework and otherworldly painted visions of the heavens and the starry sky. Gazing at the low ceiling of the lower chapel, or the exquisite stained glass of the upper chapel, still jolts the viewer into a direct awareness of the mystery of being and non-being. Overall no work represents better than the Sainte-Chapelle the interplay between mysticism and solid matter that characterizes the prevailing mood of the thirteenth century.”
A link to the chapel’s history is here.
This was a delightful space…like a jewel with its pattern, color, and glowing glass. Our first day of touring was quite an intro to Paris…