Visiting the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris: everything you need to know

When I first entered after traveling to Paris countless times I did not understand why I did not 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?

The same architects who received the order of Louis IX asked themselves and the answer continues to surprise everyone. It will also surprise you.

It is a chapel composed at the top (yes, it is a two-story chapel) with stained glass 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.

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 into St. Louis) could not wait for the 30 years it was going to take to build Notre Dame so he asked for something smaller. That was how the Sainte-Chapelle was born.

A long queue to enter

If you are going to visit the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris be prepared to queue. A very long tail.

Like many other places in Paris, this chapel attracts the eyes of many travelers and nobody wants to miss the most beautiful stained glass windows in Paris.

You may have to be in the rain or a strong sun for more than an hour until you can buy the ticket.

But don’t despair. There is a solution.

Buy tickets for the Sainte-Chapelle

If you want to climb the Eiffel Tower, if you want to enter Louvre or if you want to visit the Sainte-Chapelle you have to buy a ticket.

The lines to buy can go from one hour to 4 hours if you go in high season.

But the good news is that you can buy the ticket online.

I recommend that you do it before traveling and that you take the digital ticket (the one that you send to the email) to avoid the 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 did not queue, we entered directly.

How much is an admission

The basic price for the Sainte-Chapelle is 10 euros.

Always inform yourself well before traveling in case if prices change.

However, you should keep in mind that there are different types of tickets. It costs 15 euros if you want to enter the Conciergerie and 20 euros if you also want to include the HistoPad, that is, the rental of a guide to making your visit more complete.

Free pass

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 has a trick because it is only free only the first Sunday of each month or Saturdays and Sundays of the third week of September.

Opening times

The first recommendation I can give you when visiting the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris is to avoid the times where more people accumulate.

In other words, do not think of going between 11.30 and 3 in the afternoon. At that time you will have to rub shoulders with some or make a long line if you ignored me and did not buy the ticket online before traveling

But let’s go to the practical and let me tell you what is the entrance time of the Sainte-Chapelle.

  • From January 2 to March 31 :
  • Open every day from 9 to 17
  • From April 1 to September 30 :
  • Open every day from 9 to 19
  • From October 1 to December 31 :
  • Open every day from 9 to 17
  • Please note that the last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.

Rules you should follow on your visit

When you enter the Sainte-Chapelle, they probably won’t tell you how to behave. But you will notice the passing of the minutes.

So 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 that a very loud guard shouts or shouts for silence. Do not speak too loudly.
  • Flash: As in any other historical and artistic site do not take photos with flash. This ruins the works.
  • Selfie stick: I know you want to go well in the photos. I also. But using a selfie stick in a chapel of the year 1200 is a very high risk that will not let you run and make it save.

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