France: Paris – Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle sits on Ile de le Cite and is a royal chapel and one of the finest example of Gothic architecture built during 1242 to 1248 for King Louis IX. While the exterior is rather moderate, the interior is truly magnificent with atmospheric vertical windows and elaborate stained glass and almost feel like the chapel is suspended in the air. In fact, the stained glass windows, fifteen in total, are considered finest of their type in the world. The chapel’s altar holds the of the Crown of Thorns.