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Ticketing for Sainte Chapelle Visit

Entrance Ticket to the Sainte Chapelle in Paris

  • Access to the Lower Chapel
  • Access to the Upper Chapel (Stained Glass Hall)

What to expect

Nestled in the heart of Île de la Cité, the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris is a significant historical site in France. Built in the 13th century by King Louis IX, better known as Saint-Louis, it was originally intended to house the relics of the Passion of Christ and its most prominent treasure, the Crown of Thorns. From the outside, Sainte-Chapelle appears to be surrounded by the buildings of Paris, but its interior is nothing short of breathtaking. The Upper Chapel is a one-of-a-kind space that seems to defy the laws of physics. The sparkle of its immense stained glass windows fills the space beneath vaults reaching over 20 meters in height. The Sainte-Chapelle is a true architectural gem that should not be missed under any circumstances!

By choosing to book your visit to Sainte-Chapelle with Come to Paris, you will enjoy an exceptional and hassle-free experience. With our combined tickets, you can take advantage of exclusive discounts that will allow you to admire the chapel's beauty even more serenely.

Below, you'll find detailed information about the history of Sainte-Chapelle, our combination tickets, as well as photos and videos to give you a preview of what you'll see during your visit. We take pride in offering a high-quality experience to visitors of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, and we hope you'll choose Come to Paris for your visit.

Sainte Chapelle Opening Times

January 2nd to March 31st : every day, from 9 am to 5 pm
April 1st to October 31st : every day, from 9 am to 6 pm
**November 1st to December 31st ** : every day, from 9 am to 5 pm

The Sainte-Chapelle is closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
It is recommended that you visit in the morning.
No access between 1 pm and 2.15 pm from Monday to Friday.
Late opening on Wednesdays until 9.30 pm from mid-May to mid-September.

Free entry

  • Under 18s (with family and excluding school groups)
  • 18-25 year olds (European Union residents and non-European residents living in France)
  • Disabled persons and their carer
  • Unemployed persons, upon presentation of a certificate of less than 6 months
  • Culture card - ICOM card
  • For all, the first Sunday of each month, from November 1st to March 31st

A little history

Notre-Dame Cathedral is world-famous and attracts visitors in considerable numbers, but the Sainte-Chapelle remains relatively little-known. It has a fascinating tale to tell, however, of the formidable passion and piety of a king, Louis IX, who was commonly known as Saint Louis due to his religious zeal. It was he who ordered the building of a chapel in the heart of his palace as he wished it to house his collection of Passion relics, in particular Christ’s Crown of Thorns, which he purchased in 1239 from Baldwin II, the Emperor of Constantinople. The devout and powerful king wanted to venerate his relics in a private sanctuary entirely dedicated to their worship, protecting them in an immense reliquary as if it were a glass case. At this time, the mid-13th century, Paris was the intellectual capital of the Christian world. The Sainte-Chapelle would become one of its showpieces.

Following the French Revolution, the relics of the Sainte-Chapelle were dispersed, with some being preserved at Notre Dame, but the building has nonetheless retained its soul. It is comprised of two superimposed chapels, which you enter by the lower chapel. In the time of Saint Louis this housed the offices of the nobility and the employees of the palace. Conceived as a crypt, it is marked with the seal of the king: the Fleur de Lys and the Chateau of Castille in homage to the king’s mother, Blanche de Castille.

To reach the light, you have to enter the space that was once reserved for the king; the upper chapel, a kingdom of colour. In this place of multi-hued light, the glorious stained glass windows soar heavenwards to the extent that it seems the architects made the stone all but disappear. You will wonder how these colossal windows and their huge arches can stand unsupported. The Sainte-Chapelle was the most accomplished expression of all the arts and sciences of its time.

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Did you know?

While the stained glass primarily depicts major biblical episodes, several scenes are not from the Holy Book but from the Bible of Saint Louis, one of the most beautiful works of the Middle Ages. It shows the sovereign as a prophet or carrying the Ark of the Covenant. The message is highly political, with Sainte-Chapelle serving the royal ideology of Saint Louis.

By using our website to book your visit to the Sainte Chapelle in Paris, you can be sure of having an exceptional experience and enjoying one of the most beautiful gems of Gothic architecture in France. Reserve your visit now and discover the beauty of Sainte Chapelle!

Customer Reviews

4.8/5195 reviews

Harvey B.
March 29th 2024
Other than it being so popular a timed entrance ticket is necessary, it is a deep, positive experience. And the handouts at the entrance are very interesting and appropriate.
Prathish K.
March 20th 2024
Great experience
Sharon D.
Saint Chapelle
December 31st 2023
Wow wow wow. Always an amazing experience. The beauty of this chapel is beyond words. Worth every second.
Viorika S.
November 27th 2023
Great places to visit. Confusing website. Had misunderstanding during purchase a tickets.
Rosemary M.
November 1st 2023
I was told that I wouldn't be able to book St.Chapelle on such short notice. I was able to book it the day before on your site. Very easy. Worked like a charm. We were very happy we were able to go as it was our last day in Paris..
Ehud H.
October 6th 2023
Alison Louise Anne H.
September 24th 2023

The entry was seamless with the pre paid and printed ticket. Just security to go through.
Well worth getting in advance.

Erin D.
September 11th 2023

Absolutely gorgeous and amazing chapel

Terisa H.
July 9th 2023
Everything went smoothly


10 Boulevard du Palais
75001 Paris
Parking lot
Notre-Dame, 6 Rue de la Cité - 75004 Paris
Lutece, 3 Boulevard du Palais - 75001 Paris
Public transportation
BSaint-Michel Notre-Dame
DChatelet les Halles
2138859647Cite - Palais De Justice

Common questions

Where is the Sainte Chapelle in Paris?

The Sainte Chapelle du Palais is located on the Île de la Cité, in the 1st arrondissement of Paris at 10 Boulevard du Palais, Paris.

How to visit the Sainte Chapelle?

The Sainte Chapelle can be visited all year round. Access the lower chapel and the superb stained glass windows of the upper chapel by buying your tickets online.

How much does a visit to the Sainte Chapelle cost?

The price of the ticket for the visit of the Sainte Chapelle is €11.50. Admission is free for minors and young people aged 18 to 25 who are EU nationals. It is possible to buy a combined ticket to visit the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie for €18.50.

Is visiting the Sainte Chapelle worth it?

The Sainte Chapelle is one of the must-see museums and monuments in Paris. Saint Louis himself asked for the building to house numerous relics such as the crown of Christ or a piece of his cross. Its stained glass windows are perhaps the most beautiful in the world.

How long does it take to visit the Sainte Chapelle?

The Sainte Chapelle is free for those under 18, individuals aged 18-25 (EU citizens and/or residents), people with disabilities (plus one accompanying person), job seekers, and those with an Education Pass. The Sainte Chapelle is free for everyone on the first Sunday of the months of January, February, March, November, and December.

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