Sainte Chapelle in Paris was built to house priceless Christian relics, including Christ’s crown of thorns.
It 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.
The building is a Gothic marvel and holds a lot of religious significance for believers.
That’s why more than a million tourists visit Sainte Chapelle every year.
1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Best time to visit
4. Best time for photography
5. Free entry
6. Sainte Chapelle tickets
7. Best combo tours
8. Sainte Chapelle with Paris Pass
9. Dress code
10. Sainte Chapelle FAQs
How to reach Sainte Chapelle?
The Sainte Chapelle is a Gothic style royal chapel in Paris, France. It is located at 8, boulevard du Palais, 750001 within the medieval Palais de la Cite which was the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century.
The GPS Coordinates of the Sainte Chapelle are latitude [48.8554] and Longitude [2.3450].
There are two ways to reach the Sainte Chapelle.
If you plan to take the bus opt for lines 21, 27, 38, 85, 96 and the Belabus.
If you prefer subway opt for Line 4, station Cité or Lines 1, 4, 11, 14 by the station Châtelet.
Sainte Chapelle hours
Sainte Chapelle in Paris is open daily, except for a few special days.
It always opens at 9 am. However, the closing time changes with the season.
2 Jan to 31 Mar: 9 am to 5 pm
1 Apr to 30 Sep: 9 am to 7 pm
1 Oct to 31 Dec: 9 am to 5 pm
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
When is Sainte Chapelle closed?
Sainte Chapelle in Paris remains closed on 1st January, 1st May and the 25th December.
Best time to visit Sainte Chapelle
The best time to visit Sainte Chapelle of Paris are the mornings which are less busier than the afternoons.
You will most likely find crowds around the Christmas holidays, Easter holidays, weekends of the 14th of July and the 15th of August which you should avoid.
On Wednesdays from 15th May to 15th September, the site is open till 9.30 pm which is the best time to avoid crowds.
Thursday is the busiest day of the week and you should avoid it if you have a choice.
You should visit the site on a sunny day to see the beautiful stained glass of the Chapelle at their best.
Best time to visit Sainte Chapelle for photography
In order to click good photographs at the Sainte Chapelle in Paris, firstly make sure it is a sunny day so that you can have the best view of the beautiful stained glass of the Chapelle.
You should visit the site one hour or so before sunset as the sun is setting down through the windows.
You may want to come in early and stay for a while to see it happen.
The timings depend on the season – around 4 pm in the winters and 9.30 pm in the summers.
Flash photography is both prohibited and considered non-courteous at this site so the lighting is the most important aspect of good photography.
Sainte Chapelle free entry
The Sainte Chapelle in Paris is free for entry on the first Sunday of every month.
The waiting time on this day is around 45 minutes and should be avoided you don’t like to waste your time standing in long lines.
Certain kinds of tourists also qualify for free entry to Sainte Chapelle.
Young people under 18 years of age can enter without tickets if they can show a valid ID card with photograph.
If you are a European Union resident, you can avail of free entry till 25 years. That is ticket-less admission is allowed to young people (18-25 years old) visiting individually or in a group.
You will be required to display a photo ID or official proof of your residence.
Sainte Chapelle tickets
This is a self-guided tour ticket.
The ticket allows you skip the line access (yes, you don’t need to stand in any lines) to witness the beautiful stained glass windows in the jewel of the Gothic period.
The ticket has no validity period, that you after you purchase this ticket you can use it anytime you want.
This is a smartphone ticket – that is, you don’t need to take a printout. Within five minutes of purchase, the ticket will be emailed to you. On the day of your visit, you show the ticket in your email, on your smartphone and walk in.
Adult ticket (18+ years): 10 Euros
Child ticket (0-17 years): Free entry
Sainte Chapelle combo tours
The site of Sainte Chapelle in Paris is close to many other tourist attractions.
For instance, it is at a distance of 1.1 km (0.7 Miles) from Conciergerie and only a mere 650 meters (2100 feet) away from the Notre Dame Cathedral.
This makes purchasing combo tours a much viable option.
1. Sainte Chapelle & Conciergerie combo tour
This combo tour allows you skip the line access to the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie, a revolutionary prison in Paris.
While you can use up this combo ticket over the full day, it takes around four hours to see of these attractions.
You will have to pay 3 Euros extra for the audio guide.
Adult ticket (18+ years): 15 Euros
Child ticket (0-17 years): Free entry
2. Sainte Chapelle & Notre Dame tour
This tour allows skip the line access to the enchanting stained glass windows of Sainte Chapelle and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
The duration of this twin tour is 3.5 hours.
It is a guided tour, which means you end up experiencing both the religious sites with lots of interesting stories and anecdotes.
Children below the age of 3 years enter for free.
Ticket price (4+ years): 59 Euros
Kids 3 years and below join the tour for free.
Sainte Chapelle free with Paris Passes
Paris City passes are quite popular with visiting tourists.
City passes help the visitors buy admission to tourist attractions in bulk and thus save money.
If you are traveling as a 4+ member group, we highly recommend going for a Paris pass of your choice.
Three Paris Passes help tourists get skip the line free access to the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. They are – Paris Museum Pass, Paris City Pass, and Paslib.
1. Paris Museum Pass
Paris Museum Pass allows you to visit more than 60 of the top museums and monuments in and around Paris.
Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Centre Pompidou, Sainte Chapelle, Musee d’Orsay, Pantheon etc are some of the attractions you can enter for free if you buy this Paris Pass.
It is affordable and convenient and is valid for 2, 4 or 6 days from the time of its activation depending on your preferences. The days of use for the Pass are consecutive.
2 Day Pass: 53 Euros
4 Day Pass: 67 Euros
6 Day Pass: 79 Euros
*These prices are for 18+ years tourists. Visitors below 18 can accompany the adults for free.
2. Paris City Pass
Paris City Pass allows you admission into 60 top museums and monuments in and around Paris along with free travel by metro, bus, and train.
Sainte Chapelle is one of the attractions you can enter for free with this Pass.
This Pass also includes a boat tour along the Seine.
You have the choice of buying this Pass for 2 to 6 days and the price varies accordingly.
2 Day Pass
Adult ticket (18+ years): 102.90 Euros
Youth ticket (12-17 years): 39.90 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 19.90 Euros
3 Day Pass
Adult ticket (18+ years): 122.90 Euros
Youth ticket (12-17 years): 49.90 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 29.90 Euros
4 Day Pass
Adult ticket (18+ years): 162.90 Euros
Youth ticket (12-17 years): 59.90 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 35.90 Euros
5 Day Pass
Adult ticket (18+ years): 182.90 Euros
Youth ticket (12-17 years): 69.90 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 39.90 Euros
6 Day Pass
Adult ticket (18+ years): 202.90 Euros
Youth ticket (12-17 years): 79.90 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 45.90 Euros
3. Paslib with Public Transportation and Cruise
This Pass allows you skip the line access to 60 top museums in and around Paris along with a free travel on the public transport system.
The tour also includes a one hour boat tour down the Seine to enjoy the sites of Paris.
You have the option of buying this Paris Pass for 2 to 5 days and the cost varies accordingly.
2 Day Pass
Adult ticket (18+): 109 Euros
Youth ticket (12-17 years): 65 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 35 Euros
3 Day Pass
Adult ticket (18+): 129 Euros
Youth ticket (12-17 years): 70 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 39 Euros
5 Day Pass
Adult ticket (18+): 155 Euros
Youth ticket (12-17 years): 90 Euros
Child ticket (4-11 years): 47 Euros
*EU Citizens (with valid ID) between the age 12 to 25 years qualify for youth ticket rates
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.
Halter tops, short shorts, low t-shirts with lots of cleavage etc aren’t advised for women.
As for the men, it is better to not wear a hat. Also, t-shirts with rude wordings such as “I hate God” or “Girlfriend beater!” etc must be avoided.
Sainte Chapelle FAQs
Tourists visiting have a lot of questions. Here are three which are asked most often –
1. When was Sainte Chapelle built?
The Sainte Chapelle of Paris is seen as one of the highest achievements of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecture.
Its construction began sometime after 1238 and was the building was consecrated on 26th April 1248.
2. Who built Sainte Chapelle?
Construction of Sainte Chapelle was commissioned by the King Louis IX of France (Saint Louis).
It is believed that it was commissioned to architect Pierre of Montreuil.
2. Why was Sainte Chapelle built?
Sainte Chapelle was built as a place for King Louis IX of France to house his collection of 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 around 40,000 livres.