Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle is considered to be one of the greatest achievements of the Rayonnant period in Gothic architecture

Sainte Chapelle
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Sainte Chapelle, The Holy Chapel, is the only building that remains of the Capetian royal palace. The Sainte Chapelle was built to house the Passion Relics of King Louis IX. The relics were carried by the king himself, barefoot and dressed as a pilgrim, for the last part of their journey from Venice. These relics included the Crown of Thorns that was placed on Christ's head at his crucifixion.

The Sainte Chapelle is considered to be one of the greatest achievements of the Rayonnant period in Gothic architecture. It is designed to appear weightless and elegant. Visitors entering from the courtyard are greeted by the impressive sight of the grand ceremonial staircase and the eastern wing of Sainte Chapelle. A truly magnificent sight indeed. The name of the actual designer is up for debate. For many years it was considered to be the work of Pierre de Montreuil. This has since been revised and it is now debated whether it is the work of Jean de Chelles, Thomas de Cormont or an unidentified master mason from Amiens.

If this is not enough of an attraction, you will also be able to see one of the largest and most extensive collections of stained glass from the 13th century that is still in its original position. There are fifteen massive stained glass windows that fill the nave and apse and a rose window on the western wall. The glass depicts various scenes from both the New and Old Testaments of the Bible. There is also a depiction of how the Passion relics came to be in the Sainte Chapelle and the various miracles that they were involved in.

The Sainte Chapelle was damaged a number of times and has been lovingly restored an equal number of times. It is likely that this magnificent building will stand for many years to come. It is an ideal tourist attraction for those who love magnificent Gothic architecture as well as for those who marvel at stained glass or would just like to see the home of one of the most extensive Christian relic collections in history.

Nearby attractions: Notre Dame Cathedral and The Latin Quarter

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - Free entry with the Paris Pass

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France

Phone: 01 53 40 60 80

Official Website: Sainte Chapelle


Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M4Saint-Michel4 minutes
M1, 7, 11, or 14Châtelet6 minutes
RER B or CSaint-Michel - Notre-Dame3 minutes

How to get to Sainte Chapelle by Metro / RER

By Metro: From Metro Line 4 exit at Saint-Michel Station and cross the road to your right and walk north straight across the Saint-Michel Bridge and continue straight ahead to the entrance your left. From Metro Line 1, 7, 11, or 14 exit at Châtelet Station and follow Rue Saint-Denis south crossing the bridge over the River Seine. Keep walking south on Blvd du Palais to the entrance on your right a just little south of the Palace of Justice.

By RER: Take RER B or C to Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame Station; walk north across the Saint-Michel Bridge continuing to the entrance on your left.

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Rated 4.6 out of 5Sainte-Chapelle Star Rating

5 Star Rating Actually absolute gorgeous church BUT, please get a ticket way before so you don't have to wait over an hour to get through security. Those stairs (like a snail, but typical) are hard to manage, so if you have any issues with age or motion, skip it. You will be sorry, but be safe.

Roselyne Gerszewski - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating 10€ is a huge ripoff, but worth the visit. There's the lower chapel and the higher chapel (take the small spiral staircase on the entrance) but yes, the chapel itself is exhilarating and breathtaking. The stained glass, the gold details and the blue patterns on the ceiling are mesmerizing. It's beautiful and impressive but a really short visit because the place is really small, which is kind of a let down.

Julia P - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating One of the oldest cathedrals in Paris is definitely a must visit. It was so beautiful on the inside, much more impressive than Notre Dame; you can see it in less than an hour. The exterior’s facade is a little deteriorated; however, it is so impressive on the inside. The stained glass windows are the most important feature of this architectural feat: it has one of the most extensive 13th-century stained glass collections anywhere in the world. Loved it and cannot wait to visit it again!

S Hille - 25 days ago

4 Star Rating Impressive stained glass church. Go upstairs to see the tall stained glass windows. The circular stairs are tight and about 1 floor, too easy. Debatable on the cost to see, however the fact that there is no glass broken is amazing in itself. We spent less that 30 minutes here, point and shoot and move on.

Mean TacoHulk - 27 days ago

5 Star Rating An amazing piece of architecture, looking really modern (open and light) for Middle Age. The interior is finely decorated, both full of patterns and unique pieces of stained glass. Guiding tours don't cost extra and are definitely worth waiting! Plan to go there on a sunny day or you'll miss the colorful ligthing from stained glasses.

Matthieu Dalmasse - 2 months ago


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