In the midst of the historic Ile de le Cité in Paris, tourists can find an impressive gothic church. It features stunning stained glass windows, including a beautiful rose window, and has seen nearly a millennium of royal and religious history. If you’re thinking that this sounds like Paris’s world-famous Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, you’re right. But it also describes Notre-Dame’s nearby (and under-appreciated) neighbor on Ile de le Cité: Sainte Chapelle.
Sainte Chapelle isn’t just hidden in the figurative sense that many Paris tourists don’t know about it. It’s also literally hidden, encased inside the former French royal palace complex that is now the Paris Palais de Justice. (Below, you can just see the spire of Sainte Chapelle sticking up over the long flat roof of the Conciergerie in the middle of the photo.)