Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
Neighborhood: Ile de la Cité / Ile Saint-Louis
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
  • St-Michel – Notre-Dame • 3 min walk
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27,378 reviews
Very good

Phoenix, AZ690 contributions
Dec 2019
Sainte Chapelle was one of the main locations we wanted to visit despite not having heard much about it from other people we knew who visited. It seems as though it was often dwarfed by the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral due to it being much smaller and more hidden. However, it has a history just as rich and is nearly 800 years old as well. For many years Sainte Chapelle housed some of King Louis IX’s prized religious artifacts. This included Jesus’ Crown of Thorns and the Image of Edessa. It is located around 3-5 minutes from Notre Dame and is connected to the Conciergerie, a former prison and current government building. To enter the cost for an adult is around 11 USD per person and 16 USD for entrance to the Conciergerie as well. We used a Paris Museum Pass that we bought through Klook which cost around 55 USD and got us into over 50 museums and monuments in and around Paris for 48 hours. Once inside you will need to go up a tiny staircase to get to the actual room with the stained glass windows which depict over 1000 scenes from the Old and New Testament. It is a small room with large towering glass windows and cannot fit very many people. We went around midday and didn’t have too many problems with being crammed. We were also fortunate to go when it was sunny which made the windows stand out even more. If you’re planning on going make sure to go on a sunny day so that there is plenty of sunlight to get the best view of the stained glass. It can easily be looped together into a half day trip to see Notre Dame and Lovers Bridge as well which is what we did. This is a must see that will likely have many more visitors now that Notre Dame is under construction so be sure to plan ahead!
- @wanderingwithustwo
Written May 14, 2020
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Incline Village, NV15 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
I went to an incredible concert in Ste Chapelle - an hour of chamber music with a string quintet and a harpsichord. The music was gorgeous and the surroundings unbelievable. The concert itself was either free or inexpensive - don’t bother with the “glass of champagne” addition, as it’s at a restaurant some ways away and you have to have it before or after the concert. Highly, highly recommended - a truly amazing experience.
Written October 3, 2021
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Florida525 contributions
Feb 2020
We were disappointed that we couldn’t visit Notre Dame during our visit, but Sainte Chapelle is nearby and has beautiful stained glass. Definitely worth a visit and one of the highlights of our trip in terms of beauty. I think time of day will definitely impact the effect of the stained glass, so factor that in and try to come on a sunny day when the sun is fully up.

This site was included with our Paris Museum Pass (highly recommend) and we were able to skip the ticket line after going through security.
Written February 16, 2020
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Virginia Beach, VA336 contributions
Nov 2021
LOVED this chapel (really, more like a small cathedral!). It was a little hard to get to, because the building that wraps around it also happens to be function city government building (Conciergerie) and it just a happened that a terrorist trial has been taking place for weeks. You have to walk around the side (east or west) of the island, then move to the center south of the chapel where you present your ticket, your vaccine pass, and are then admitted to the line near the chapel itself. Our wait was about 30 minutes but it was well worth it. Read up on its history, and prepare to marvel and the gorgeous stained glass window (14) as well as a rose window. These windows tell the story of Christ, the way the Church communicated back when people were poor and illiterate. There's not time limit. Take your time and see it all, soak it in! Begun in 1242, this chapel is HISTORY.
Written December 3, 2021
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Olivia Q
Winter Haven, FL366 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Breathtaking and striking, this church and its glass stained windows are a real work of art.
I just stood in awe and sat down to appreciate its detail. The first floor have the gift shop; and the 2nd floor will floor you to the beauty of the church. Don’t miss this.
I recommend getting your tickets ahead of time so you can skip the line, otherwise- depending on the queue, you have to wait and stand under the heat of the sun.
Written February 25, 2020
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Maidstone, UK160 contributions
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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Philippe B
Toulouse, France5,770 contributions
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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Bryan, TX5 contributions
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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Frederick, MD174 contributions
Oct 2021
The stained glass is so amazing. Go when it's fairly sunny out and it's just gorgeous. You can see the whole thing in under an hour so very easy to fit into even a busy day in Paris. You have to pre-buy tickets online or at the ticket office down the street and just be aware the office has limited hours. Definitely worth visiting!
Written October 15, 2021
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USA621 contributions
Jul 2021
my all-time favorite chapel of stained glass, built by King Louis IX from 1242 – 1248 to house and display his Christian relics including the alleged crown of thorns. There is something very magical to me about this tiny chapel with tremendously tall, colorful, original 13th century stained glass windows. I had not anticipated that I would ever have the opportunity to be here again and, once again, my eyes teared up at the sheer intensity of emotion precipitated by the sight and feeling of being here. This private royal chapel, with the stained glass, the marble floor, the décor and relics, and immense history, remains my all-time favorite place. Much to our surprise, it was delightfully empty with only a few people milling around and there was no line nor any limit to how much time one could spend.
Written March 28, 2022
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