Sainte-Chapelle
Sainte-Chapelle
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsChurches & 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.
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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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  • Natalia S
    Warwickshire, United Kingdom211 contributions
    Beautiful!
    After going through airport style security to enter the area, entry into the church was quick and efficient for myself and mum. We had the tickets on the phone ready to be scanned. The inside of the church is beautiful, while I have been before I was just struck by the beauty of the stained glass in the just the same way I was the first visit. My mum was immersed in all of the detail within the building, you wouldn’t be able to see all of it if you had all week to look! I highly recommend coming here, it is such a beautiful building!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 February 2023
  • Frank R
    New York City, New York5 contributions
    A hidden gem in Paris
    Sainte Chapelle is a hidden gem located in the heart of Paris. As a lover of history and architecture, I was absolutely mesmerized by the stunning stained glass windows and Gothic architecture of this small but impressive chapel. The intricate details of the stained glass were truly awe-inspiring, and the play of light on the walls and floor made for a truly magical experience. Although the chapel can get quite crowded, the beauty and serenity of the space make it well worth a visit. Whether you're a devout Christian or simply a lover of art and beauty, Sainte Chapelle is a must-see destination that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
    Bonjour, Merci pour votre retour ! Nous vous souhaitons une bonne journée.
    Written 7 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • Eileen A
    92 contributions
    Exquisitely beautiful!
    Though there was construction going on and the reservation lines were merged with the regular line, Sainte Chapelle was so worth the wait. The sky high stained glass windows feature books of the bible. Spiritually beautiful, captivatingly peaceful.
    Bonjour, Merci pour votre retour ! Nous vous souhaitons une bonne journée.
    Written 7 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • Alan Guisbro
    Guisborough, United Kingdom135 contributions
    The most magnificent medieval Church
    Sainte Chappel is stunning! How have we missed this gem after lots of visits to Paris? The ground floor Chapel is superb and takes your breath away, but beware when you go up the (narrow winding) staircase to the upper Chapel, your mind will be blown by the magnificent glass. In Paris? You must visit, but be prepared for a queue or buy your tickets on line.
    Bonjour, Nous tenons à vous remercier pour votre commentaire. Nous sommes ravis que votre visite à la Sainte-Chapelle vous ait plu et nous sommes d'accord avec vous sur le fait que cette merveille de l'architecture gothique rayonnante est parfois méconnue du public, même des Parisiens ! Nous conseillons en effet à nos visiteurs de prendre un billet horodaté pour éviter une attente trop longue. Nous espérons que cette recommandation vous a été utile et nous vous souhaitons une excellente journée.
    Written 7 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 March 2023
  • Marjbw
    Ontario, California136 contributions
    Impressive Church - art and beauty
    Beautiful stunning glass work. Trip was with my mom. No choice to put family “other”and had to choose family “teens” category on trip advisor which is misleading. Teens or children may not enjoy this. It’s history, it’s art, it’s religious, it’s architectural and for everyone who enjoys any of that I recommend it. However the visit was a long line to wait, to buy tickets to get in and pre-purchased tickets both lines were chaotic - no one guiding you inside. And security like the airport at least 45 minutes to get in but once you’re in this beautiful cathedral is a great experience a worth a visit at least once in your life… but they really need to be more organized.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Ana V
    Eugene, Oregon610 contributions
    The most beautiful holy place in Paris
    The stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle is like no other. The panels tell the stories in the Bible in great detail. It wish they sold a book with detail of the panels because you can't really see it from ground level. This will be one of your most memorable experiences.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 7 April 2023
  • lalida_art
    Bangkok, Thailand28 contributions
    Stunning
    The Stained glasses is really stunning. For entry, you should buy ticket online in advance and reserve time to entry. Otherwise the queue for buy ticket there is really long. Also, Don't be here too early from your reserved time, since you have to wait in line until like 10 mins before your time then security will let you in.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 24 April 2023
  • FamilyTime1431
    Weare, New Hampshire97 contributions
    A must see in Paris, just be sure to get in the correct line.
    Once we navigated the terrible line and queueing area and got inside, it was great. They have no signage indicating where to line up to get in, so they just mixed people who needed tickets with people who already had them. All that aside, the stained glass was amazing, a must see in Paris.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • beachlovernc2015
    Leland, North Carolina1,948 contributions
    Prepare for crowds and security checks- But worth the visit!
    The exterior of this building does not give you any idea of the amazing interior. At first entering you may be underwhelmed as you are seeing some stained glass windows which are lovely but small and some interesting artefacts and history of the place plus the book shop. Don't be deceived- you must go up the spiral staircase to see the most amazing and huge windows. There are cards explaining the story behind each window - those in English hard to come by OR you can just walk around and enjoy their beauty on your own. Even though this is a relatively large space, when packed with people it can be a bit difficult to take a good picture or not get jostled. Pack your patience !!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2023
  • poltor
    Toronto, Canada224 contributions
    Stunning ceilings!
    Stunning ceilings and history. Amazing stained glass and wood carvings. A short walk from the Louvre. Free access with the Paris Museum Pass. Arrive in the early morning or late afternoon yo avoid the crowds.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2023
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Albry
Bangor, UK3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Sunlight streams through a kaleidoscope of colors at Sa Sainte-Chapelle, a breathtaking jewel box in Paris. Each stained glass panel tells a biblical story, bathing the interior in a luminous glow. Prepare to be awestruck by the sheer artistry and historical significance of this architectural masterpiece. Don't miss the chance to walk among the clouds at the top chapel - a truly heavenly experience!
Written 20 February 2024
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Elisabeth
Alkmaar, The Netherlands120 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
On the first Sunday of Jan-Feb-Mar and Nov-Dec you can visit Sainte-Chapelle for free. We were there on the first Sunday of January 2024. We made sure we were there early too. If the lines would have been crazy, we would have skipped it. But they were not.

Note that you will have to climb stairs. On the ground floor you can buy souvenirs. We got ripped off by one vendor, but that was also my own fault because I did not check the total amount. May - of course - have been unintentional.

The chapel was still undergoing mayor work (outside). But the inside was beautiful. A bit crowded, even at 09:00 on a cold and gray Sunday morning.
Written 19 February 2024
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Victoria
188 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
This chapel was built by King Louis IX to display the Crown of Thorns that Jesus wore.

Its most impressive feature? Those stunning stained glass windows that soar high into the air. There's more glass than wall here, that's for sure.

The chapel is located right next to the French courts, so security is tight.

Lines to the chapel can get long, so you may want to purchase tickets in advance, or come here first thing in the morning. If you didn't purchase tickets in advance, you'll have to go through security first before proceeding to the chapel to buy your tickets.

You can buy a combination ticket for the nearby Conciergerie, so if you plan on visiting that site as well, get the combination ticket.
Written 18 February 2024
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razza61
Gatton, Australia367 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This was my must-see on this trip to Paris. We pre-booked our time online but the line was still quite long. Just make sure you get in the line for your booked time on arrival. The stained glass windows in the upper chapel are absolutely breathtaking even on an overcast day. I can only imagine how beautiful they would be with sunlight behind them. We bought the audiotour headsets, but honestly found them a little confusing as to what we were supposed to be looking at because these windows are huge & full of different detail. But this is a must do if in Paris, even the lower chapel is lovely but the true beauty is in the upper chapel.
Written 16 February 2024
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Rui V
Barcelona, Spain33 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
One pays 13 Euros to visit Sainte-Chapelle and the number of vispitors is huge, constant queues with dozens of visitors so you might think that would entitle you to a decent service, but no. The lower level, an integral part of the building snd part of the visit, is occupied by stalls selling bric-a-brac, books, guides and souvenirs. It is impossible to have an overall view of the space and appreciate the architecture. And if you need to use the men's toilets, you will find that, in addition to being dirty and in poor condition, they have no doors. If one needs to evacuate, one must do so in public and al fresco, if one needs to urinate one can be sure of being submerged in the foul-smelling effluvia from the toilets. It is totally inadequate and I invite Musees Nationaux to solve this situation asap.
Written 5 February 2024
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Rodney P
Auckland, New Zealand296 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Such an amazing interior with all the stained glass windows that have been lovingly and carefully restored. Best to get a timed entry ticket
Written 25 January 2024
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Marta Kārkliņa
Ventspils, Latvia160 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
I think it would be better if they would limit the amount of people than can go in at the same time even more because it felt a bit crowded which can make it less enjoyable to appreciate all the beauty around you. Also given that the tickets are not exactly cheap it's a shame that they don't take better care of it because the security check room felt small and outdated and the Chapelle was quite dusty and the windows seemed dirty.
But those are just small things compared to the fact that the Sainte Chapelle was just as impressive as I imagined to be!
Written 25 January 2024
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Erica F
Houston, TX8 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
A hidden gem amongst all the things you can see in Paris! Stunning stain glass! Felt an anointing just walking around in this place! The staff was very helpful!
Written 19 January 2024
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Joe W
Muscat, Oman93 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Go do something else in Paris. 25 minutes of waiting to go through an airport-style security check to look at a single room of stained glass windows. Beautiful, but not worth the time and money. Or the hassle.
Written 15 January 2024
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SMLikestoTravel
Bengaluru, India277 contributions
May 2023 • Family
We reached here early in the morning having booked entry slot for 8:30 am . Though this meant that we had a very early start to our day, it was worth the effort because we managed to get inside without very long queues. Once inside, we got the audio guide and then went upstairs. This is where it started to go downhill. The entire area was filled with crowds. There was no control on how much time one can spend here or how many people can be allowed at once. Seriously, they should learn a tip or two from the likes of Borghese Gallery in Rome. It was not very intuitive to find out the numbering of the stained glass panels as being referred to in the audio guide. So, until we finally figured it out, we were staring at the wrong panels while hearing the description of another panel altogether. The number of descriptive cards in English were very limited so we never got to read one as it was always in use by other groups.
Written 13 January 2024
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Sainte-Chapelle admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost AU$33.37, while a popular guided tour starts around AU$5.00 per person.