Located in the heart of Paris is one of those places that will leave you with your mouth open. Visiting Sainte-Chapelle is something you have to do if you travel to Paris. Once you do, you’ll thank me.
When I first entered Paris after traveling countless times I didn’t understand why I didn’t do it before. The Sainte-Chapelle in Paris is home to history, beauty and an attraction that will melt you.
Imagine being asked to build a temple without walls. What can be done?
That’s what the architects who received Louis IX’s order asked themselves, and the answer continues to surprise everyone. It’ll surprise you, too.
It is a chapel composed in its upper part (yes, it is a two-storey chapel) with stained-glass windows instead of walls.
When you enter you will find a total of 15 stained glass windows 12 meters high each representing a total of 1,113 images that tell biblical passages and how the relics came to the place.
It’s a good place to visit on a city tour. After your visit do not rule out a longer tour and visit sites on the outskirts of Paris.
A place to keep the crown of Christ
The short version of the story tells that King Louis IX went to the Crusades, but it didn’t go so well.
He returned empty-handed but in 1239, to lift the spirits of his people he met the Emperor of Constantinople (a heavily indebted man) who sold him the Crown of Christ for 75% of France’s one-year budget.
No one could guarantee that this was the crown of Christ but it was a spectacular business to face the debts of the seller.
King Louis IX (later turned St. Louis) couldn’t wait the 30 years it would take to build Notre Dame so he asked for something smaller. That’s how Sainte-Chapelle was born.
A very long queue to get in.
If you’re going to visit the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, get ready to stand in line. A very long tail.
Like many other places in Paris this chapel attracts the gaze of many travellers and no one wants to miss the most beautiful stained glass windows of Paris.
You may be in the rain or strong sun for more than an hour until you can buy your ticket.
But don’t despair. There is a solution.
Buy tickets for Sainte-Chapelle
If you want to climb the Eiffel Tower, if you want to enter the Louvre or if you want to visit the Sainte-Chapelle you have to buy a ticket.
The queues to buy can go from one hour to 4 hours if you go in high season.
But the good news is you can buy the ticket online.
I recommend that you do it before travelling and that you take the digital ticket (the one they send you to the email) to avoid queues.
As you can see in the image above the queue for the ticket purchase is long.
When we arrived we had digital input and we did not queue, we entered directly.
You can buy the ticket in the following places:
It’s FREE with the Paris Pass
Special offer (cheaper) at Get Your Guide
How much is the entrance fee
The basic price for Sainte-Chapelle is 10 euros.
Always be well informed before traveling in case prices change.
However you must bear in mind that there are different types of entries. It costs 15 euros if you want to enter the Conciergerie and 20 euros if you also want to include the HistoPad, ie the rental of a guide to make your visit more complete.
If you are between 18 and 25 years old, you are a resident of the European Union (demonstrable) the entrance for you is free.
But this is tricky as it is only free on the first Sunday of every month or on Saturdays and Sundays of the third week of September.
The first recomendaci´n that I can give you when visiting the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris is that you avoid the schedules where more people accumulate.
In other words, don’t think about going between 11.30 and 3 p.m. At that point you’re going to have to rub shoulders with some or stand in a very long queue if you didn’t listen to me and didn’t buy the ticket online before you traveled.
But let’s get down to business and let me tell you what Sainte-Chapelle’s entry time is.
From 2 January to 31 March:
Open every day from 9am to 5pm
From April 1st to September 30th:
Open every day from 9 to 19
From 1 October to 31 December:
Open every day from 9am to 5pm
Please note that the last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
Rules you should follow during your visit
When you enter the Sainte-Chapelle you will probably not be told how to behave. But you’ll notice with the passing of the minutes.
So that you don’t get a surprise I’m going to list some of the things you shouldn’t do and the behavior to follow:
Silence: Every two minutes you will hear a very loud chista guard or scream for silence. Don’t speak too loudly.Flash: As in any other historical and artistic site don’t take photos with flash. This ruins the works. Palo selfie: I know you want to look good in the photos. So do I. But using a selfie stick in a chapel from the year 1200 is a very high risk that they will not let you run and they will make you keep it.
Price: Between 10 and 20 euros.
Tip: Buy your ticket online.
Opening hours: Open every day at 9 am and closes at 5 pm (in summer closes at 7 pm)