Sainte Chapelle

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

Sainte Chapelle
Sainte Chapelle cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by ayelienne

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

Open Now

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 Is a really nice tourist place. And lot of lovely small streets with restaurants. A real Paris feeling

Sander Maesen - 12 days ago

4 Star Rating Beyond stunning, wall to wall stained glass. The wait to get it was 30 - 40 minutes on the street with the actual space being on the smaller side! Still, the walk up the steps into the second floor was literally gasp-worthy. I feel that more maintenance could be enforced in this incredible space - especially being that it neighbors the court house!

Austin Brecht - 23 days ago

4 Star Rating Definitely get the guided tour. I saw it twice without the tour and although the structure is beautiful, it is small and we were ready to leave in 15-20 minutes. With the tour you learn SO much about the history and architecture and you appreciate the building so much more! Go in the morning when the light is at its best on the glass.

Ella Coulter - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating Not only is the exterior architectural design of the church something to marvel at, but so is its interior. With its stained glass windows, this place is one to really admire and take wonderful photos with. There’s some history behind this place as well and I find it fascinating how this place could still look so new and beautiful through its years of establishment. Visiting this church is a must when spending time in the beautiful city of Paris.

Ayla Kim - 1 month 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 - 2 months ago

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