On the Ile de la Cité, these stained glass windows are a work of art that will take your breath away.
Just two minutes from Notre Dame, next to the Palais de Justice law courts, a gothic art masterpiece is hidden away; La Sainte Chapelle. The chapel will take you way back to the heady times of Saint Louis, the Middle Ages of the 13th Century.
First discovery, the lower chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, where you’ll walk under a starry sky surrounded by paintings and decorative sculpture.
After a quick walk up some stairs, we are in the amazing high chapel. Try and go on a sunny day to get the full effect of the strong colours of the stained glass that fills the high windows. An architectural wonder.
And once outside, you could try visiting the Palais de Justice, which is often open to the public on weekdays.
Ile de la Cité
Sainte-Chapelle main entrance
6 boulevard du Palais
Métro: line 4, Cité
Bus: lines 21, 27, 38, 85, 96 and the Balabus
By car: along the Seine to Châtelet or Saint-Michel, then boulevard du Palais
Open seven days a week
9am to 5pm from 1st November to 28th February
9.30am to 6pm from 1st March to 31st October
Guided visit (not for groups), every day at 11am and 3pm. No need to reserve. Entrance fee: