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 VisitFee: Yes - Free entry with the Paris Pass
Open NowHours 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 ChapelleMap of nearby accommodations:
|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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Breathtaking! Stunning! An absolute must, even if visiting Paris for a day or two. Photos don't do it justice. Must experience in person. Was my favorite place in Paris. I went in January so there were no lines, but imagine it gets quite busy other times of year. Consider buying online with priority entrance. A brighter or sunny day will obviously influence how the windows appear. It was cloudy with a bit of sun when I went in the late afternoon. Was still a magnificent experience.
s m - 10 days ago
Absolutely amazing! It's magical, indescribably beautiful, even more so if you go on a sunny day. I recommend downloading their app before going, it's free and you can easily zoom in to any part of the painted glass in the chapel and see it as if you're right next to it, along with some explanation of the scenes.
Deyana Edzhieva - 10 days ago
Incredibly beautiful chapel. I would recommend to go there on a sunny day to enjoy it to the fullest. Seeing sunlight go through the stained glass and fill the interior with different colours... is absolutely amazing. This chapel is definitely one of must-sees in Paris.
Anastasia Petro - 12 days ago
Highly recommend this chapel. The glass is hard to describe. You don’t need a guide there is a couple of things to read inside that explain what you observe. I went in November and the chapel was not too busy. The visit takes about 30-40 minutes if you take your time in the two large rooms observing all the glass and structures.
Bryce Gething - 29 days ago
It's a smaller chapel with an interesting basement and ornaments. It's situated inside the Palace of Justice, and thus the security checks are more fine grained than elsewhere, but still non invasive and you feel quite save and relaxed. The main attraction is, of course, the upper level with the most astonishing windows there is. Those depict more than thousand scenes from the Bible as artworks. Go and see. See and believe.
Georg Baumann - 1 month ago