Sainte-Chapelle
Sainte-Chapelle
4.5
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The Sainte-Chapelle is the finest royal chapel to be built in France and features a truly exceptional collection of stained-glass windows. It was built in the mid 13th century by Louis IX, at the heart of the royal residence, the Palais de la Cité. It was built to house the relics of the Passion of Christ. Adorned with a unique collection of fifteen glass panels and a large rose window forming a veritable wall of light,the Sainte-Chapelle is a gem of French Gothic architecture. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 1st March to 31st October: Monday to Friday: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.45 a.m. and to 2.15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st November to 29th February: Monday to Friday: from 9 a.m. to 12.45 a.m. and to 2.15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. The best time to visit is in the morning from Tuesday to Friday. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December and in case of negative temperatures.
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The area
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Neighborhood: Ile de la Cité
Two islands sit in the middle of the Seine at the very heart of Paris. The more majestic one, Ile de la Cité, sparkles with history. This is the birthplace of Paris, the home of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, and the site of the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution. Tourists flock to see the iconic Notre Dame and the beautiful bridges that straddle the Seine. Ile Saint-Louis, the more provincial island, welcomes you with cozy traditional eateries, small boutiques, and what some people say is the best ice cream in the city. This is essential Paris from its very beginnings to its modern appeal.
How to get there
  • Cité • 3 min walk
  • Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame • 3 min walk
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  • Kristi N
    Muskegon, Michigan
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    Our tour guide recommended this place for us to visit on our free time. If you love stained glass windows, this is the place for you. I literally gasped when I entered the main room. Absolutely gorgeous!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful stained glass
    Beautiful stained glass. Our children, age 4 and 6, were not that impressed, but they hung in there. Our visit in total was probably 30 minutes. Make sure you reserve a time slot beforehand. We reserved a 9am slot, arrived in line at 8:50, and were one of maybe a dozen people in the chamber at first, which was special. It quickly fills up. It’s still worth visiting even if it’s busy.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Tualie
    Varese, Italy
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Built to house the Crown of Thorns
    We were just exploring the Ile de la Cité to see Notre Dame from the outside when we realized that Saint Chapelle was in the area so we just went to visit it. Is hidden behind courthouses but well signed and luckily there was almost no queue. Built in the Medieval period purposely as a Royal Chapel to house the Crown of Thorns, is a pure Gothic impressive chapel consisting of two levels; the ground level was accessible for the royal court or staff of the king and the upper level only for the king and his family. This level is almost fully covered of 13th century stained glass windows, very impressive because they depict all the biblical scenes of both Testaments. The chapel suffered during the Revolution years as represented royalty, deconsecrated as it was used for civil purposes; storage, archives etc. It is not easy to see the biblical scenes with our naked eyes because of the distance (they are very high!) but with today’s technology help (apps’!) can make it more enjoyable the visit. P.S. Obvious that after the Revolution, the Crown of Thorns is not there anymore, went to Notre Dame and now is in the Louvre.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • AlexanderD
    Jackson, New Jersey
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Architectural and Artistic Wonder
    This isn’t a large destination and you should expect to spend only around a half hour here. That being said, it is well worth it. It may be the finest example of stained glass on the planet. It is truly stunning. It is also a great example of the technological skill required to construct such an enduring monument. It wasn’t hard to get in. I’d say we waited maybe ten minutes even though we didn’t have a reserved time. We also got to skip part of the line thanks to the Paris Museum Pass (which if you are planning on visiting Paris, you should seriously consider getting beforehand).
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Jenna H
    London, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    The Sainte-Chapelle is simply stunning! The intricate stained glass windows are a breathtaking masterpiece that fills the space with an ethereal glow. It's like stepping into a jewel box of colors and light. And you know what's even more exciting? The anticipation of exploring Notre Dame after its restoration is completed in 2024. The combination of these two iconic landmarks makes for an unforgettable journey into Paris's rich history and architectural beauty.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 28, 2023
  • SeeTheW0rld62
    Sunnyvale, California
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    This was my first time to Sainte Chapelle and it's spectacular. It isn't large but it has an amazing amount of stained glass. We didn't try to follow the biblical story in each window so our visit probably lasted about 30 minutes. While short, it is worth seeing.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Lucy M
    Dorset, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A stunning gem
    We booked online which takes the hassle out of sightseeing. This beautiful chapel is based in the Palais de la Cité, you can’t see it from the road. When you walk into the chapel you’re awestruck by the extraordinary stained glass windows and vaulted ceiling. Then you wind your way up some spiral stairs, and the top level is even more breathtaking. The windows tell biblical stories and there is info to help you interpret them. Religious or not, you’ll be enchanted by what you see - don’t forget to keep looking up the whole time! Perhaps a lesser known sight in Paris, but so worth visiting.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Kaulostar
    Greater London, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    unique place
    Beautiful Chapelle and def worth the visit when in Paris. Book ticket online well in advance as it sells out quickly. Note the Chapelle is located within the law courts so there is a lot of security. there are 3 queues for access to the Chapelle no booking, one for tickets at 30 past the hour and the other on the hour. you will probably still have to queue even with a booking
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Arizonapopi1
    Florence, Italy
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is an app Sainte-Chapelle stained glass windows.
    The Chapelle itself is marvelous and really a must see. Getting in was challenging. The crowd waiting in line was huge, both those with and without tickets. My timed entry ticket was honored with only a slight delay. Once inside the chapelle the crowd wasn’t bad. There are placards explaining a bit about the windows. There is an app Sainte-Chapelle stained glass windows which I would have liked to have had.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Jemille Williams
    Atlanta, Georgia
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfectly gorgeous venue for concert with perfect acoustics!
    About 20 years ago I read that Rick Steves recommends everyone take in a concert in this amazing chapel. It has the largest collection of 13th-century stained glass in the world! It was a lovely chamber music program and the group was so passionate and even a little humorous at times. They were full of joy and clearly enjoyed playing together for us.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 21, 2023
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JoanneGruodiene
Maidstone, UK183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We pre booked tickets for this chapel, since Notre Dame is closed following the unfortunate fire, we were informed that this was the next best thing.

The stained glass windows were simply beautiful, the pictures do not do it justice. It does get overcrowded and they clearly let too many people in at once considering it is not the biggest of places.

Note: go to the left hand side when you go to the entrance and also if you’ve brought skip the line tickets then go to the entrance of the chapel once you get pass security as otherwise you could be queuing a while. We made this mistake. It’s not very clear if you don’t go to look.
Written January 27, 2020
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Matt K
Bryan, TX11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Sainte-Chapelle is unlike any of the dozens of churches/cathedrals I've seen in Europe. If you love stained glass or unique spaces, it's a must see, especially while nearby Notre Dame is out of commission. The admission is a bit steep (about 12 Euros) for what is probably a 20-30 minute activity for most people, but I'm glad I saw it.
Written March 14, 2020
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Doug W
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Beforre Notre Dame burned this lesser known gem was not a primary site for first time visitors in Paris. The high sunlight stained glass windows are best in the afternoon of a Sunny Paris day. November was dreary, but I enjoyed the history and as a repeat visitor would recommend Sainte-Chapelle to most people.
Written February 16, 2020
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abbey a
19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Sainte-Chapelle was absoloutely gorgeous inside, the lower level was a little underwhelming and the entry price was unexpected as all other churches and chapels we visited were completely free. The stained glass windows were just stunning, it was an incredible sight. While it was a long wait, I do recommend going, the glass on the upper level were just gorgeous! I have never seen something so beautiful.
Written February 11, 2020
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hiddenyum
Boston, MA26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Breathtaking and beautiful church. Definitely a must see if visiting Paris and you have a little bit more time after hitting the classic sights like the Eiffel Tower. The sunlight coming through the stained glass windows is absolutely stunning and I believe the entrance fee is pretty cheap and can be paired with other sights.
Written February 11, 2020
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Maira Toledo
Sao Paulo, SP275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
In some months of the year there are classical music concerts at night, mostly during the Christmas season. It’s an unforgettable experience to listen to Bach while admiring the stained glasses windows. The tickets can be bought online.
For regular visits during the day also buy online to avoid lines and program your visit for the morning to avoid crowds. The earliest in the morning the better.

Written February 19, 2020
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mlbpafan
Loveland, CO1,618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Wow, this place is gorgeous! Not at all what I expected. After going through security, you are herded around the corner to the ticket line. The line was a little wait, but we had pre-purchased tickets online so we didn't wait. When you first get in, you are in the lower area with the gift shop. The main attraction is up the stairs to the left. Going upstairs to where the royalty worshiped you see the stained glass that has made this place famous. The guards here aren't as strict as the ones at the Sistine Chapel, but they will tell you to be quiet if it gets too noisy! It does get crowded up top and the stairs down are a little tight, but take your time and it does calm down occasionally. A must see for me and well worth the visit.
Written February 11, 2020
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Hugh D
London, UK80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
An absolutely stunning example of stain glass windows from the time of King Louis, really awe-inspiring. Would highly recommending using the QR code at the start to download the app for full information about each window (I used the hard sheet version at the start which gave far less information). Busy with lots of tourists but it is a small area so that is to be expected. Buy a timed ticket online as this saves a huge amount of time queueing and made the process much easier and note there is security to go in so don’t take anything you wouldn’t be able to take onto a plane with you (except water). Would recommend getting the combined ticket with the Conciergerie next door as that was really interesting as well.
Written September 7, 2022
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Philippe B
Toulouse, France5,900 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Solo
This Church can’t be seen from the street because it’s set within Paris Courthouse. Built during the 13th century by Louis 9th to host holly relics, this church is strangely designed in two different stages. On the ground floor a low chapel dedicated to the staff of the former Palace, on the first floor the main chapel where the King and the Queen were the only authorized worshipers.
The Church has been fully renovated at the beginning of the decade. The result is amazing with first class sculptures, paintings and, first of all, stained glasses.
Due to the pandemic it’s mandatory to book online but you can do it in front of the access door by scanning a QR code. 11€50 for a short visit (45’) + 3€ for the audio guide. It worths every cent.
A must see in Paris.
Written September 4, 2020
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MJ P
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The short, tight spiral-staircase climb to the upper chapel, where the stained-glass windows are, is worth it, but just be aware that you will probably only need about ten minutes to feel you have seen the place, and it is super crowded so you won't necessarily have a spiritual feeling the way the pictures of the empty chapel make you think you will.

This ticket is combined with the Conciergerie, a former prison next door to it, so I will review that as well. Conciergerie is essentially a tourist trap. It has Marie Antoinette's prison cell, but it doesn't look like a prison cell or have anything in it reminiscent of her. If you want to see Marie Antoinette memorabilia, Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna has many items from her childhood. While we were at Conciergerie in December 2019, there was a Marie Antoinette temporary exhibition that I did quite like.
Written January 14, 2020
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