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

Directions

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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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5Sainte-Chapelle Star Rating

5 Star Rating A truly magnificent place to visit! The light of the top windows are amazing! And the colours are a bonus! I recommend this for people of all ages. It would be even better if there was a bit more control over the tourists and the photos. Enjoy your visit there!☺️

Soul Ninja - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating Breathtaking place in one of the best cities in the world. Visiting this was part of my walking tour around Paris, France. I spent around 15 minutes in this location. I really enjoyed my time here. I visited at a time when the level of tourism was middle to high. I highly recommend walking around here and enjoy the surroundings. 5 stars without question.

Fernando Garcia - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing, brilliant, colourful stained glass creates a dazzling effect in the chapel proper. Down below in the entryway are beautifully-painted walls and ceilings. One can imagine the French royalty worshipping in here hundreds of years ago. A pity that the French Revolution destroyed the collection of relics, and that it is no longer in use as a church. Exquisite.

Jean Seah - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This is one of oldest churches of Paris. It's not the biggest or most famous, but in my opinion it is the most beautiful. The windows surround the main room and they are all stained glass that tells the story of the Bible. The towering stain glass windows are fantastic and impressive especially when one considers hour old they are.

Adam Hutt - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating If you have the time take a trip into this historic stop. I didn't realize how much history was in this Chapel. I won't go into detail in this review but I highly recommend you research this Chapel. We had a little extra time and I wanted to go into the prison where Marie Antoinette was and this is next door so we decided to drop in. We were very glad we did. Make sure and walk up the few steps to get to the top. It is stunning. They closed early around 5:15 I believe.

Randy Foltz - 1 month ago

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