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:
May differ on holidays
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: 10 Bd du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
Phone: 01 53 40 60 80
Official Website: Sainte Chapelle
Ratedout of 5
Was in France with one of my French friends who mentioned this place and so glad he did. It was a very cool find to drop by and see. It’s not super big, doesn’t take a long time to see but I would say it’s def worth it if you have more time in Paris or you’ve seen all the other big attractions.
OJ - 13 days ago
I have waited 47 years for the opportunity to visit this one of a kind place of worship. It did not disappoint. You'll gasp when you see it, even if you know what to expect. No words can describe its beauty. And, it's close to Notre Dame.
Kris Teena Morgan - 11 days ago
Beautiful Gothic style chappelle worth visiting! Don't be disappointed when entering. There's more to see upstairs as the building has 2 levels! More information you can find on the free leaflets available on the right-hand side when you enter! Grab one and take the time to read it as it contains important information! Enjoy your visit and keep 🤫
Manius cartea - 7 days ago
The chapel is beautiful, but I bought a time slot ticket, expecting to go in at that time. However, they oversold the 12:00 slot by hundreds of tickets and let all of those people go first. We had to wait 1.5 hours or more just to get in. I wasn’t a fan of that. However the chapel is beautiful and even though I have been before, my mom has not, and I wanted her to see it.
Ashley Wormington - 25 days ago
Beautiful!!! But but your ticket in advance! We didn’t and waited over an hour to go in. But so worth it! They have these cool plastic boards you could grab and carry around that explained each section of glass and the history of the chapel.
Haleigh Sudbeck - 1 month ago
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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