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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Sainte ChapelleFee: Yes - Free entry with the Paris Pass
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 9:00 am - 4:30 am
- Tuesday: 9:00 am - 4:30 am
- Wednesday: 9:00 am - 4:30 am
- Thursday: 9:00 am - 4:30 am
- Friday: 9:00 am - 4:30 am
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:30 am
- Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 am
8 boulevard du Palais
Phone: +33 1 53 40 60 80
Marian M. Dec-18-2020
OMG. You must come on a sunny day, once the sun is up so you can totally see the magic of the vitreau. I had my doubts if I was here before, so someone told... Read More
Sheryce S. Apr-03-2021
Bigger isn't always better. This small chapel packs a big punch! It's stunning and a must see when in Paris. Many European cathedrals are so similar,... Read More
Donna B. Dec-07-2019
The Chapelle truly has the best stained glass in all of Paris. I recommend buying the ticket next door at the Conciergie. Check out that exhibit and then... Read More
Accommodations near Sainte Chapelle:
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M1, 7, 11, or 14||Châtelet||6 minutes|
|RER B or C||Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame||3 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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