Sainte-Chapelle: Gothic Jewel

 

This small church stays an unmissable monument of Paris thanks to its history and wonderful windows. Long ago part of the kings palace, the Sainte-Chapelle had an unparallel destiny: it was built to welcome Jesus' relics, including the Crown of Thorns. 

 

Come and discover this jewel of gothic architecture before to decipher all the stories the stained-glass windows still tell us...

Standard duration: 1h to 1h30

Price: 220€ (up to 30 people)                        The location of hearing system is recommended beyond 8 people.

Flat price. Tickets not included.                     Location: 2€/person

 

We will see together: the architecture (in and out), the two levels of the church, decorations, statues and windows

 

Other tours in the same area: Notre DameConciergerie museumParis islands

Please note there is a combined ticket for the Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie museum


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From what age is the tour recommended?

Children are generally curious about middle-ages. From 7 years old, they start to place correctly time periods in their mind and they love to realize that stained-glass windows tell so many stories (as statues, they were intended to people of the past, most of them didn't receive the instruction to be able to read).

 

How long is the tour?

Though it is an incredible venue, the Sainte-Chapelle only has two levels. It doesn't take more than 1h/1h30 to enjoy it and ask as many questions as you want. This tour can easily be combined with the Conciergerie or another tour one of the same area.

 

Is the Sainte-Chapelle still a church?

It is not. Very often, the chapels of kings palaces are considered as monuments today and don't welcome masses any more. 

 

Is there a time we cannot visit the Sainte-Chapelle?

The Sainte-Chapelle is open every day of the year except on some public holidays (January 1, May 1, December 25). Note that the monument closes at 5pm from October to March. 

 

When is the best time to avoid the crowd?

Early in the morning. And honnestly, it is also the absolute best time to enjoy the stained-glass windows with the perfect light!

 

Is this visit wheelchair accesible ?

The Sainte-Chapelle is wheelchair accessible (it is a longer way as we need to go through the Courthouse), except if there is a technical problem to open the outside doors of the top floor. Sometimes the weather is so bad that it's not recommended. Don't worry, it doesn't happen very often!

 

Good to know

In winter, the Sainte-Chapelle is cold. Dress well if you don't want to freeze.

Staircases of the Sainte-Chapelle are narrow with pretty big steps. Please warn me if you have legs problem so we can take the elevator.

Luggages are not allowed in the church! A cafe close to the Sainte-Chapelle provide this service if you don't have the choice.