Sainte Chapelle

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Sainte Chapelle HISTORY

Sainte Chapelle or the “Holy Chapel” is a gothic church built by Saint Louis in Ile de la Cité in the centre of Paris.

The construction of Sainte Chapelle began in 1246 under the orders of King Louis IX, and was carried out with the specific purpose of housing the relics of the Passion of Christ, including the Crown of Thorns and a fragment of the true cross. In fact, even by the time Sainte Chapelle was consecrated on 26 April 1248, at a cost of 40,000 livres, this expense paled in comparison to the 135,000 livres which these relics cost when bought from the Byzantine emperor Baldwin II.

The relics are now housed in the Treasury at the Notre Dame Cathedral, but there are still many attractions in Sainte Chapelle. With its two impressive upper and lower chapels and imposing gothic architecture, Sainte Chapelle a top tourist attraction.

Audio tours are available guiding visitors through and explaining the significance of its colourful stained glass windows and statues. In particular, the windows at Sainte Chapelle depict over a thousand images relating to the Old Testament and the Passion of Christ.

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DIRECTIONS TO Sainte Chapelle

To reach Sainte Chapelle travel via Metro Line 4 or Bus routes 21, 27, 38, 85, 96 or Balabus. By car, follow the banks of the Seine to Châtelet or Saint-Michel, then boulevard du Palais.




March-October: 9:30am-6pm daily. November-February: 9am-5pm daily. Closed 1 May and 25 December. Entry to Sainte Chapelle is €8 for adults, €5 reduced and free for under 18s and EU residents under 26. Group entry is €6 per person.


NAME: Sainte Chapelle
Alt Name: Holy Chapel
Country: France
Sub-Region: -
Date: 1200AD - 1299AD
City/Town: Paris
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Resorts: Paris, Versailles,


Sainte Chapelle ADDRESS

Sainte Chapelle, 4 boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris

Sainte Chapelle PHONE NUMBER

+33 (0)1 53 40 60 80

Sainte Chapelle EMAIL


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Sainte Chapelle is by far the most beautiful place I have ever seen, and I do not say this lightly. Pictures do nothing to capture the true magnificance of the place. Sainte-Chapelle is a must-see when visiting Paris. The cost to enter is fair for the experience, and the wait in line to get in is short if existant at all.

Reluctant Historian

The stained glass windows here are really pretty and the architecture is too, but the queues to get in are quite long...