Sainte-Chapelle

8 Boulevard du Palais,, Paris

4.5

The Sainte-Chapelle is the pinnacle of the High Gothic style. It is a two-storey building and among the most striking structures of Paris. From the outside, it is distinctive by its beautiful architecture, while many fine works of art decorate its interior.

The lower storey of the Sainte-Chapelle appears almost ordinary, while the upper one, with exquisite stained glass windows, is simply striking. The upper level is also decorated with great carvings, while at the lower one you can see the oldest existing wall painting in Paris. Renowned for its excellent acoustics, the structure is the setting for various significant classical concerts, as well.

Additionally, the higher level of Sainte-Chapelle has an extraordinary natural light. Here, the royalty and aristocracy attended the masses. The commoners attended religious services below.

You can find the Holy Chapel on the Ile de la Cite, the Seine’s island, next to the Conciergerie.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    09:30 - 18:00

  • Tue

    09:30 - 18:00

  • Wed

    09:30 - 18:00

  • Thu

    09:30 - 18:00

  • Fri

    09:30 - 18:00

  • Sat

    09:30 - 18:00

  • Sun

    09:30 - 18:00

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Reviews

  • Kenny Gingras

    5
    - 25 July 2018 -

    Absolutely stunning stained glass and excellent education pieces to go along with it. Relatively small in comparison to some other great sites to see but don't count this one out. Definitely worth the time to stop in and marvel at the beauty and learn about the fascinating history of this site.

  • Brian M

    5
    - 21 July 2018 -

    Absolutely stunning historical church with amazing stained glass. During the summer (or whenever it would still be bright enough outside to get light through the windows) one great way to visit is to attend one of the evening classical music concerts. We paid more to sit up front, and while I've read elsewhere that this was unnecessary I don't regret it one bit. The downside to the concert visit is that you miss the lower floor chapel (which is interesting). Another upside to the concert visit is minimal queuing. If you can't do both visits, having done the regular tourist visit & also the concert, I preferred the concert ... the beautiful music certainly made the experience all the more special.

  • Soul Ninja

    5
    - 09 July 2018 -

    A truly magnificent place to visit! The light of the top windows are amazing! And the colours are a bonus! I recommend this for people of all ages. It would be even better if there was a bit more control over the tourists and the photos. Enjoy your visit there!☺️

  • Fernando Garcia

    5
    - 07 July 2018 -

    Breathtaking place in one of the best cities in the world. Visiting this was part of my walking tour around Paris, France. I spent around 15 minutes in this location. I really enjoyed my time here. I visited at a time when the level of tourism was middle to high. I highly recommend walking around here and enjoy the surroundings. 5 stars without question.

  • Jean Seah

    5
    - 19 June 2018 -

    Amazing, brilliant, colourful stained glass creates a dazzling effect in the chapel proper. Down below in the entryway are beautifully-painted walls and ceilings. One can imagine the French royalty worshipping in here hundreds of years ago. A pity that the French Revolution destroyed the collection of relics, and that it is no longer in use as a church. Exquisite.

  • Adam Hutt

    5
    - 14 June 2018 -

    This is one of oldest churches of Paris. It's not the biggest or most famous, but in my opinion it is the most beautiful. The windows surround the main room and they are all stained glass that tells the story of the Bible. The towering stain glass windows are fantastic and impressive especially when one considers hour old they are.

  • Randy Foltz

    5
    - 31 May 2018 -

    If you have the time take a trip into this historic stop. I didn't realize how much history was in this Chapel. I won't go into detail in this review but I highly recommend you research this Chapel. We had a little extra time and I wanted to go into the prison where Marie Antoinette was and this is next door so we decided to drop in. We were very glad we did. Make sure and walk up the few steps to get to the top. It is stunning. They closed early around 5:15 I believe.

  • Gordon Cameron

    5
    - 19 May 2018 -

    Beautiful church - this was my favourite so far. It is being restored at the moment but there is still heaps to look at. Make sure you leave a donation to help with the refurbishment - it is a stunning church and has lots of good old bits to look at.

  • Elizabeth Tautfest

    5
    - 18 May 2018 -

    I was surprised that someone would say "don't waste your money" and I wondered if they didn't realize where the stairs are to the upstairs area and so missed going upstairs, as one person in our party did. (They're difficult to see) This has been my favorite place we have gone so far, I was mesmerized by the incredible stained glass windows upstairs - I was awe struck! GO!!

  • Mark Doctoroff

    5
    - 14 May 2018 -

    This "Royal Chapel" was completed in 1248, and housed French Kings/Royalty for its first 100+ years!! It is famous/world renown for its outstanding stained glass windows- fourteen large windows in all and the religious history conveyed within! The chapel was built to hold the relics of "the Passion of Christ". The hours that it is open to the public change over the course of the year, so check the web site to avoid disappointment. Also, it is advisable to purchase entry tickets in advance. I hope that this review has been helpful!.

  • Zeynep Ozturk Ozyer

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Impressive arhictecture! A long queue all the time.

  • Wayne A

    - 30 April 2018 -

    One of the most gorgeous stained glass displays in Europe. In conjunction with the Conciergie a visit to the home of the crown of thorns.

  • Lion King

    - 08 February 2018 -

    I was amazed by the beauty of this impressive chapel.

  • Wendy Woo

    - 25 September 2017 -

    This very nice and beautiful

  • Felix Y

    - 29 August 2017 -

    Get your Paris Museum Pass here. We get a bonus of free entry to Saint Chapelle after buying the pass. Entry is included w pass, but they allow PMP to be activated the next day after chapel visit.

  • Kenneth Kwok

    - 08 April 2017 -

    A hidden gem in the centre of Paris. Hard pressed to find similar breathtaking stained glass windows elsewhere in the world.

  • Oscar Fajardo

    - 13 March 2017 -

    It's a must see worth every euro.

  • Edwulf

    - 23 January 2017 -

    An usually forgotten jewel. Most people go to notre Dame. This totally worth it! Stained glass everywhere you look, also this was the secret entrance of the assassins guild

  • Brady Thompson

    - 31 December 2016 -

    I'm surprised not many people go here. The bottom floor is impressive, but the top floor is so beautiful. You'll never see such beautiful stained glass. Great to visit after seeing Notre Dame.

  • Matthew Oatway

    - 09 December 2016 -

    Currently under renovation but even now is strikingly beautiful and impressive.

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Sainte-Chapelle tours

Sainte Chapelle: Priority Entrance

Stunning stained glass light fills this 13th century Parisian Gothic-style gem

Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Combined Skip-the-Line Ticket

Take advantage of a combination ticket that grants you access to Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie. Dive into the architectural beauty and rich cultural history of these two unique sites.

Self-Guided Tour & Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

Take a self-guided tour and marvel at the more than 1,000 stained glass windows in this jewel of the Gothic period. Built in just 7 years, the Sainte Chapelle was intended to house significant Christian relics, including Christ's Crown of Thorns.

Sainte Chapelle & Conciergerie: Priority Entrance

Step back in time and see two of Paris's most historical monuments

Skip-The-Line: Saint-Chapelle and Towers of Notre-Dame

Enjoy a guided introduction and Skip-the-Line access into two of the most beautiful and most visited monuments in Paris!

Skip the Line: Sainte Chapelle in Palais de la Cité

Skip the line and discover Sainte Chapelle at your own rhythm. This monument is one of the jewel of French patrimony located near Notre-Dame de Paris and la Conciergerie.

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