In the heart of Paris, the Ile de la Cité, is the Sainte Chapelle. It it is located in the immediate vicinity of Notre Dame and, together with the cathedral, is one of the most visited attractions of the city of lights. Inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, it is a deconsecrated Gothic chapel dating back to the 1862th century, also declared a National Historic Monument in .
Recognized as the highest expression of Gothic architecture in the world, was taken as an example for subsequent constructions in the same style. Anyone planning a trip to Paris cannot miss this attraction: here is useful information to better plan your visit.
- How to reach us
- Costs and timetables
- Visit the Sainte-Chapelle: Useful tips
- History, curiosities and practical info: what to know about the Sainte-Chapelle in brief
- User questions and comments
How to reach us
- On foot: go to the entrance of the Palace of Justice, which is located at number 8 of Boulevard du Palais. This avenue comes directly from the Saint-Michel district, which is on the other side of the bridge and cuts the island in two.
- By bus: lines 21, 27, 38, 85, 96
- By metro: line 4 Citè stop
- Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/vUxGowkhT2z
Costs and timetables
- open every day, except January 1st, May 1st and December 25th, from 9:00 to 17:00 from January to March and in the months of November and December, until 18:00 from April to October, until 21pm from mid-May to mid-September.
- Full ticket: adults € 10,00
- Reductions: reduced € 8,00
- Any other business: children under 18 free, children under 26 residing in one of the European Union countries free, combined ticket € 15,00 which also allows a visit to the Conciergerie.
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie: priority entrance from € 15,00 - Discover the offer
- Towers of Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle: priority entrance from € 59,00 - Discover the offer
- Paris City Pass: free admissions and public transport - from € 105,00 - Discover the offer
Visit the Sainte-Chapelle: Useful tips
- When to visit: although it is usually recommended to visit the most popular attractions during the early morning, in this case the best time is just before sunset. In fact, it is possible to admire the unique spectacle offered by the rays of the sun reflecting in the windows of the facade, creating a kaleidoscopic effect. Another tip is to prefer spring, which allows you to escape the cold and rainy winter days but also the sultry summer heat. If you avoid the months of July and August, you won't even encounter the endless queues at the entrance.
- Buy the Paris Pass: the visit to the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris is included in the Paris Pass, the most complete card to explore the city that includes Paris Museum Pass, Paris Visite, various discounts and benefits. By purchasing the Paris Pass, you are entitled to access over 60 of the main attractions in Paris, excluding the Eiffel Tower. This package of benefits also includes transport such as metro, RER, bus, tram and Montmartre funicular.
- Book admission: it is possible to book online the ticket to visit the French Gothic jewel also with the "skip the line" formula:
- Watch out for extraordinary closures: The attraction may close when temperatures drop to 0 ° C or below. In the event of exceptional closures and free tickets, the ticket will not be refunded or its validity extended.
- Minimum time: the visit to the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris takes about an hour.
History, curiosities and practical info: what to know about the Sainte-Chapelle in brief
The Sainte Chapelle is part of the monumental complex of the Palais de la Citè, together with the Palazzo della Conciergerie. Once the set of buildings served as a revolutionary court and prison, Marie Antoinette was also incarcerated here for some time. The Palais de la Citè has instead held the role of seat of royal power in France ever since, in the sixth century, it was chosen by Clovis, the first king of the Franks, as his home, from the tenth to the fourteenth century, however, it was the location of the royal council and administration. The very Catholic King Louis IX ordered its construction, which was completed in seven years. It was consecrated in 1248 as its destiny was that of preserve some important Christian relics, including a piece of the cross and the crown of thorns of Jesus Christ, which was recovered by Luigi himself, later declared a saint.
Today it is deconsecrated, but it seems to have had some kind of "divine protection", which has prevented its destruction despite a rather troubled history. During the Ancien Regime it was threatened by some fires and floods of the Seine, which damaged it. During the French Revolution it was deconsecrated and transformed into an archive by Napoleon: thanks to the impressive shelves installed there, the windows were protected and saved from certain destruction. During the Commune of 1871 it was filled with oil but the fire was never started. To this day, still deconsecrated, it periodically hosts classical and opera concerts.