Sainte-Chapelle Paris city break - part of Palais de JusticeTo give a truly romantic and uplifting feel to your Paris city break, why not head for the Sainte Chapelle on Ile de la Cité? Sainte Chapelle has been described as magical and ethereal and is renowned as one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of the Western world.

Sainte Chapelle was built between 1242 and 1248 at the wish of Louis IX to house the relics of the Passion of Christ, the most famous of these relics being the Crown of Thorns. The architecture is breathtaking with two sanctuaries built one on top of the other. The upper chapel was only for the king, family and religious leaders who entered it via the outdoor terrace. Today only wheelchair users receive this privilege, ask outside the lower chapel entrance for assistance.

Sainte-Chapelle Paris city break - breathtaking windows and ceilingThis is a truly monumental and sumptuously decorated chapel, there are fifteen magnificent 13th-century stained glass windows that create a blaze of light and colour.  Narrow columns soar up to the roof with its star-studded ceiling and the windows tell a story in 1,113 scenes of mankind from Genesis to Christ’s resurrection.

There are often long queues to pass through Palais de Justice security to enter the courtyard of Sainte-Chapelle, a visit once inside will take 45 minutes. However, for the most amazing display of colour and light on your Paris city break Sainte-Chapelle should be a high priority.

Disabled Access

Address:
Paris holiday or city break guide to best hotelsSainte-Chapelle, 4 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
Entrance is controlled through Palais de Justice

Opening Times:
Open every day 1 March to 31 October: 9:30 am to 6 pm.
Open in the evening on Wednesdays 15 May to 15 September – last admission at 9 pm.
1 November to 28 February: 9 am to 5 pm.
Closed: 1 January, 1 May 1 and 25 December

Admission:
Adult rate: 8.50 € and Reduced rate: 5.50 €

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