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

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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

4 Star Rating A steep price to pay for such a small chapel, especially considering the Louvre is only charging €15. But this chapel was breathtaking. It can get quite packed. The immense detail can leave you spending almost 30min here. Great little on site gift shop. Try to buy tickets ahead of time if possible- today they only had 1 cashier whole those with printed tickets were able to walk right in.

Allyson Leatherwood - 14 hours ago

5 Star Rating An amazing church with some amazing history. It was easy to fund and not very busy. I felt a little underwhelmed compared to the pictures online. So don't be let down when you go. It was nice at all but it felt more like a big room than an old cathedral. The bottom is just a souvenir shop but I was still very impressed with it all! Go when it's sunny... because the glass will be brighter!

JC Williams - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Great landmark to site see. Known for their beautiful stain glass windows. They offer cards to describe each window panel. When sun comes through panels it can be spectacular. Attended a concert in chapel and acoustics were impressive. Close to metro station and bar/restaurants. A must stop when in Paris.

Alan Stopko - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Go on a sunny day. To get the full experience you'll want sunlight lighting up the stained glass windows. Note that you'll need to climb up narrow stairs to get the level with the stained glass windows. Take some time to read the little pamphlet. It will explain how to view/read the stained glass windows. If you want to get some nice pictures bring a wide angle lens.

lain galion - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating Fabulous chapel. It was definitely the church for the royals, for everything is Royal symbols, brighter colors, more stain glass windows than you could imagine. The Bible stories on the doors and on the stained glass windows are incredible. Above the doors is a very interesting sculpture of the contrast of those who go to heaven or hell. Lots of symbolism to remind them to look to God for direction. Loved the rich deep blues and reds and all the light from the massive windows all the way around.

Shaunas Adventures - 1 month ago


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