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I close my eyes, savouring the moment as the first strains of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons fills the small chapel. When I open them, it almost feels like a sensory overload. I am surrounded on all sides by the beautiful stained glass windows of La Sainte-Chapelle on Paris’s Ile de la Cite. At the front of the chapel, the quartet’s vigorous notes soar upwards in homage.
Built in the early 13th century, La Sainte-Chapelle is a fine example of Gothic architecture. She is most famous for her breathtaking stained glass windows. However, when I visit for my evening of music, the windows on one side of the chapel are covered for restoration, rather diminishing the effect. Nevertheless, a sign outside assures visitors that the chapel will be revealed in all her glory very very soon.
Perhaps the best way to see the chapel is by partaking in one of the classical music events offered here on a regular basis by Euromusic. Tickets can be bought online in advance or on the day of the concert from the brasserie on the corner opposite the entrance to the chapel on Boulevard du Palais. Student tickets go for 16 Euros while normal seats go for 25 Euros and VIP tickets at the front of the chapel sell for 40 Euros. Children under ten can enter for free.
My concert featured Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Vitali’s Chaconne, which I heard for the first time, and one of my favourite classical music pieces, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The tempo was sped up quite a bit, as the whole concert only lasted for an hour, which was just long enough to be enjoyable but not long enough to be boring. After all, it is possible to have too much of a good thing, and an hour of music is just about as much culture as I can bear, even if it is in the beautiful confines of La Sainte-Chapelle.
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