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

  • 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!.

  • Spaceshifter

    5
    - 12 May 2018 -

    Fascinating piece of History. If I'm correct these windows date back to the 13th century. The story of the scriptures is is told through the drawings in the windows so the average person could learn at that time. Books were less common. We stood in line for nearly three hours to get in but in my opinion it was worth seeing

  • Justine June

    5
    - 08 May 2018 -

    Not sure why people say it’s not worth the money. Yes it’s not as huge as Louvre but it’s absolutely amazing work and worth seeing once in your life. If you wanna save money skip the wine and see the Chapelle anyway. Do it if you love art. Otherwise you probably won’t get the beauty of it. I

  • Austin Brecht

    4
    - 28 March 2018 -

    Beyond stunning, wall to wall stained glass. The wait to get it was 30 - 40 minutes on the street with the actual space being on the smaller side! Still, the walk up the steps into the second floor was literally gasp-worthy. I feel that more maintenance could be enforced in this incredible space - especially being that it neighbors the court house!

  • Ayla Kim

    5
    - 08 March 2018 -

    Not only is the exterior architectural design of the church something to marvel at, but so is its interior. With its stained glass windows, this place is one to really admire and take wonderful photos with. There’s some history behind this place as well and I find it fascinating how this place could still look so new and beautiful through its years of establishment. Visiting this church is a must when spending time in the beautiful city of Paris.

  • Glen Chui

    4
    - 06 March 2018 -

    Saw Vivaldi's Four Seasons here. The church and stained glass is beautiful, especially in the evening/night. However, the acoustics were somewhat lacking for the concert. The notes all blended together, and it was difficult to distinguish between the notes.

  • Roselyne Gerszewski

    5
    - 23 February 2018 -

    Actually absolute gorgeous church BUT, please get a ticket way before so you don't have to wait over an hour to get through security. Those stairs (like a snail, but typical) are hard to manage, so if you have any issues with age or motion, skip it. You will be sorry, but be safe.

  • Julia P

    5
    - 31 January 2018 -

    10€ is a huge ripoff, but worth the visit. There's the lower chapel and the higher chapel (take the small spiral staircase on the entrance) but yes, the chapel itself is exhilarating and breathtaking. The stained glass, the gold details and the blue patterns on the ceiling are mesmerizing. It's beautiful and impressive but a really short visit because the place is really small, which is kind of a let down.

  • 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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