Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Sainte-Chapelle
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 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.
Suggested duration
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The area
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Neighbourhood: 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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jenniealee
Mesa, AZ2,395 contributions
Tucked Away Gem
Apr 2020
I saw some pictures online and this was a must-see while in Paris. It is included on the Paris Pass. It is tucked away on a city street near the Louvre and Notre Dame. I went to this church in July 2019. If you are a stained-glass lover, this is a must-see. When you reach the top of the stairs into the chapel, there are no words to describe it. There is stained glass all around you. After taking pictures, I sat in one of the chairs, and just gazed in awe.
Written 25 March 2021
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witness
Germany42 contributions
Your appreciation for gothic architecture will be at an all-time high!
Jan 2021
A must see in Paris! Definitely worth going! It is a gothic style chapel and it is very beautiful inside. Sainte-Chapelle is considered among the highest achievements of the Rayonnant period (period from about the mid-13th century to mid-14th century) of Gothic arhitecture.
Written 1 March 2021
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domerol
Paris, France300 contributions
Beautiful hidden gem
Sep 2020
thousands of vitraux (stained glass) combining beautiful colors, interposed between precisely sculptured history-rich walls of a gothic-style chapel… a must-see but also a must-book-before-going because there is always a long queue
Written 18 February 2021
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stella
41 contributions
Hidden gem
Sep 2020
Your appreciation for gothic architecture will be at an all-time high! Every inch of this chapel is beautiful; it starts with the rose windows and extends to the floors. The chapel can feel a little crowded mid-day, so early more visits are recommended.
Written 11 February 2021
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Kamila P
Poznan, Poland42 contributions
Beautiful!
Sep 2020 • Couples
This is absolutely one of the most beautiful places in Paris. If you're in Paris you must see it. We were in love with this chapel.
Written 24 January 2021
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Yanie P
Indonesia316 contributions
Pleasing for Eyes
Dec 2019 • Couples
Located not far from Notre dame church, this splendid cathedral with magnificent stained glass windows that tells stories is a recommend place to visit when in Paris.
Don't forget to see the gorgeous pictures you can see ar the hidden stairs on the side of the entrance.
Written 30 November 2020
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laurencx2020
Paris, France106 contributions
Wonderful glass-windows
Jul 2020
The huge glass-windows really worth it and the visit is very quick, except if you want to understand the meaning of each picture. It's an amazing place to visit and a good deal is to visit the "conciergerie" nearby the "Sainte-Chapelle".
Written 27 October 2020
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geord359
High Spen, UK2 contributions
Colorful and Historic
Nov 2019 • Solo
This was the first attraction I visited in Paris. It was very pleasing on the eye as well having a deep connection with early French kings and their history. I would say though, although it is undoubtedly pleasant, it was not as spectacular as I had seen in pictures or on TV. This was probably due to how it was decorated or the lit on the day. Still a must when visiting Paris though.
Written 20 October 2020
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wbw
28 contributions
The soul of Paris
Oct 2020 • Family
For those of you who have not experienced stained glass windows from the middle ages, you are in for a treat. For those of us who have, we keep returning to take in the 13th century masterpiece that is La St. Chapelle. I would suggest that you pick a sunny day and bring a small binocular set for a close up view. You will always remember this artistry.
Written 14 October 2020
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia24,881 contributions
An unforgettable experience
Oct 2019
Sainte-Chapelle was originally part of the royal residence and served as the private chapel of the royal family! It was built in the early 13th century on the orders of King Louis IX. Over time it has suffered damage but has been restored each time. The stained glass windows are out of this world and they have an interesting story to tell! Absolutely wonderful! We visited on our own and enjoyed every moment. This is one of the most beautiful sights anywhere and it is an absolutely must see attraction.
Written 5 September 2020
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