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Sainte Chapelle – tickets, prices, hours, dress code, free entry

Sainte Chapelle in Paris was built to house priceless Christian relics, including Christ’s crown of thorns.

The Holy Chapel has 15 stained glass windows, each 15 meters high, and together they depict more than 1100 scenes from the Old and New Testaments narrating the world’s history.

Annually more than a million tourists visit this chapel, which holds religious significance for believers.

Sainte Chapelle is also referred to as the Holy Chapel.

This article covers everything you must know before booking Sainte Chapelle tickets.

What to expect at Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in the world.

When you first enter Sainte Chapelle, you get into the lower chapel, which is smaller.

Lower Chapel at Sainte Chapelle
Lower Chapel at Sainte Chapelle. Image: Skip Moore

This chapel has the incredible night sky ceiling – a low vaulted ceiling painted to resemble a starry sky.

You then climb up a spiral staircase and reach the Upper chapel, which the Royals used.

What strikes you first is the height of the ceiling – around 40 meters (130 feet) high.

All around, you see a total of 600 square meters of stained glass paneling, which shimmers in the sunlight.

However, to see the details on these glass panels, you need a not-so-bright day.

There are 15 large stained-glass windows and the rose window, which got added 100 years after the chapel was constructed.

Stained glass window at Sainte Chapelle
One of the 15 intricately designed stained glass windows at Upper Chapel in Sainte Chapelle. Image: Rex Harris

The stained glass in the chapel depicts various biblical scenes from both the new and old testaments.


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Where to book tickets 

Tickets for the Sainte Chapelle are available online and at the attraction. 

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Go to the Sainte Chapelle booking page and choose your desired date, time slot and the number of tickets. 

Once you purchase Sainte Chapelle tickets, they get delivered to your email address. 

There is no need to get printouts of the ticket. 

You can show the e-ticket on your smartphone when you visit the attraction.


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Sainte Chapelle ticket prices

The Sainte Chapelle tickets are priced at €12 for adults aged 18 years and above.

Children under 17 years get free admission.

Sainte Chapelle tickets

Sainte Chapelle's entry ticket
A physical Sainte Chapelle ticket. Image: Jassy-50

This Sainte Chapelle ticket allows skip-the-line access (yes, you don’t need to stand in any lines) to witness the Gothic period’s most beautiful stained glass windows.

With the help of the monument booklet, make the most of your self-guided tour.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (18+ years): €12
Child Ticket (Up to 17 years): Free entry


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Sainte Chapelle combo tours

The site of Sainte Chapelle in Paris is close to many other tourist attractions.

For instance, it is 1 km (0.7 miles) from Conciergerie and only half a kilometer (one-third of a mile) from the Notre Dame Cathedral.

This makes purchasing combo tours a much viable option.

Did you know that combo tours end up being 20% cheaper than if you bought the tickets individually?

Important: Earlier, Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame Cathedral combo tour used to be popular, but after the fire at Notre Dame, visitors aren’t allowed inside.

Île de la Cité, Seine Cruise and Sainte Chapelle

During this 3 hours guided tour, you start with Île de la Cité, a small island in the Seine with a considerable influence on the history of France.

Next, head to the city’s most beautiful chapel – Sainte Chapelle and explore other significant landmarks like Notre Dame Cathedral (exterior), Île de la Cité, River Seine, Place Dauphine, Latin Quarter and Île Saint-Louis.

After seeing the beautiful stained glass at the Chapelle, you go on a one-hour Seine River cruise.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (15+ years): €71
Child Ticket (2 to 14 years): €65
Infant Ticket (up to 1 years): Free

Sainte Chapelle & Conciergerie combo tour

This combo tour gets you entry into Sainte Chapelle and Conciergerie, a revolutionary prison in Paris.

You will need around four hours to explore both the attractions.

The audio guide will cost you €3 extra.

Visitors under 18 years and EU residents under 26 years get in free with a valid ID.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (18+ years): €19
Child Ticket (Up to 17 years): Free


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How to reach Sainte Chapelle

The Sainte Chapelle is located in Palais de la Cité, the medieval royal palace on Ile de la Cité, the island on river Seine.

It is half a kilometer (one-third of a mile) from Notre Dame.

Address: 8, Boulevard du Palais, 750001. Get Directions

You can reach the monument by using public transport or personal vehicle.

By Bus

Bus route numbers 21, 27, 38, 85, 96 can take you to the nearest bus stop Saint-Michel Notre-Dame.

You can get the latest routes and bus schedule from RAPT, who operate the Paris transit buses.

By Subway

If you prefer Subway, get onto Line 4, and get down at Station Cite, from where Sainte Chapelle is at a 2-minute walking distance.

Or you can board Lines 1, 4, 11, 14 and get down at Station Chatelet, from where the Chapel is only 5 minutes by walk.

By Car

If you’re driving by car, turn on Google Maps and get started.

There are a few car parking garages around the monument to park vehicles.


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Opening hours of Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle opens daily at 9 am.

During the peak season of April to September, Sainte Chapelle closes at 7 pm, and during the lean season of October to March, the Holy Chapel closes at 5 pm.

Every day from 1 pm to 2.15 pm, Sainte Chapelle shuts down for lunch.

How long does the tour take

The tour of Saint Chapelle takes around 30 to 60 minutes.

Since the Chapelle tickets are not timed, visitors are free to stay as long as they want.


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Best time to visit Sainte Chapelle

The best time to visit Sainte-Chapelle is when it opens at 9 am.

During the early morning, the Chapelle sees minimal foot traffic, allowing you ample time and space to leisurely explore every corner at your own pace.

Another best time to see the Sainte-Chapelle in all its glory is during sunset.

The sunset timings depend on the season – around 4 pm in the winters and approximately 9.30 pm in summer.

But this is also the most crowded time at this Parisian attraction.

The next best time to visit is sunny weekday mornings – when the sun rays enter the chapel at an angle, and the crowd hasn’t yet arrived.

For some reason, Thursday ends up being the busiest day of the week.

You will find a massive crowd around the Christmas holidays, Easter holidays, weekends of 14 July, and 15 August, which you should avoid.

Also, from 15th May to 15th September, every Wednesday, Sainte Chapelle is open till 9.30 pm.

It is the best time to avoid the crowd and explore the Chapel in peace at night.

Best time for photography

Visit the Holy Chapel one hour or so before sunset, and position yourself to capture the light through the windows, even as the sun sets outside.

If you can’t make it during sunset hours, opt for morning time on a sunny day.

When the sun is overhead, it is a lousy time for photography because the rays won’t be entering at an angle.

Flash photography is prohibited and considered non-courteous at the chapel, so natural lighting becomes a key compo


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Dress code for Sainte Chapelle

There is no dress code for Sainte-Chapell. However, since it is a religious place, visitors are expected to dress modestly.

Better to wear respectful clothes, to not hurt the sentiments of the others.

Sainte Chapelle Dress Code

Halter tops, short shorts, low t-shirts showing cleavage, etc., aren’t recommended.

As for the men, it is better not to wear a hat. Also, it is better to avoid t-shirts with words such as “I hate God” or “I am GOD!”

Besides Sainte Chapelle, the Paris Museum Pass gets you free access to 60+ attractions in the city. Buy Paris Museum Pa


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Sainte Chapelle concerts

From mid-March to mid-December every year, Sainte Chapelle hosts classical concerts regularly.

Euromusic Productions produces these musical extravaganzas, and you can buy the concert tickets from the ticket office at the entrance of Sainte-Chapelle.

The ticket office is open from 10 am to 5 pm, on the day of the concert.

Note: Holy chapel’s concert is at night, and you can find more information here.

We highly recommend you also visit this attraction during the day to see its beautiful stained glasses. Book tickets now!


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Sainte Chapelle history

Tourists have a lot of questions about the history of the Holy Chapel.

When was Sainte Chapelle built?

The Sainte Chapelle of Paris was one of the highest achievements of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecture.

Its construction began sometime after 1238, and the building got consecrated on 26th April 1248.

Who built Sainte Chapelle?

King Louis IX of France (Saint Louis) commissioned the construction of Sainte Chapelle.

Historians believe that the King commissioned the chapel to architect Pierre of Montreuil.

Why was Sainte Chapelle built?

Sainte Chapelle was built as a place for King Louis IX of France to house his passion relics, which he had purchased from Baldwin II, the Latin Emperor of Constantinople.

These Passion relics included the Crown of Thorns, the image of Edessa, and some thirty other items.

At the time of the deal, the Latin Emperor had pawned these relics to a Venetian Bank. They were retrieved and sold to the French King for 135,000 Livres.

The construction of the Holy Chapel cost the King around 40,000 Livres.

FAQs about Sainte Chapelle

Here are a few questions visitors usually ask before visiting Sainte Chapelle.

Can I buy Sainte Chapelle tickets at the gate?

Yes you can purchase tickets at the entrance but be prepared to stand in long queues. So it is better to book online tickets to avoid such troubles.

When is the last entry at Sainte Chapelle?

The last entry to the Chapelle is 30 minutes before the closing time.

What are the items prohibited inside Sainte Chapelle?

Visitors are not allowed to bring items like motorcycle helmets, aerosols, knives, forks and sharp objects, scissors, glass bottles, bulky luggage/bags, scooters, skateboards and rollerblades.

Are strollers allowed inside Sainte Chapelle?

Yes, you can bring strollers but make sure they are small and foldable in order to fit into the x-ray screening machines. Strollers are not allowed in the upper chapel.

What day is Sainte-Chapelle closed?

Sainte Chapelle in Paris remains closed on 1st January, 1st May and the 25th December.

Can you get into Sainte-Chapelle for free?

The Sainte Chapelle in Paris allows free entry on the first Sunday of every month. Visitors under 18 years of age and European Union residents younger than 25 years can enter without tickets if they show a valid ID card with a photograph or official proof of residence.

Can I use Paris Museum Pass to get free entry to Sainte Chapelle?

Yet another way to enter Sainte Chapelle for free (well, almost) is by buying one of the Paris discount Passes.
The Paris Museum Pass helps you save money and time (because you can skip the line at most places).
If you are visiting Paris for more than three days, it makes sense to buy the Pass.
The Paris Museum Pass helps skip the line at Sainte Chapelle, and the access is free as well.

What is the waiting time at the Sainte Chapelle on first Sundays of every month?

Since the Chapelle provides free entry on the first Sunday of every month, the waiting time on such days is around 45 minutes and more.

Sources
# Wikipedia.org
# Sainte-chapelle.fr
# Cometoparis.com
# Tripadvisor.com

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