Wheelchair Access at the Sainte-Chapelle Church

  Wheelchair Access at the Sainte-Chapelle – The Sainte-Chapelle is a gothic church with some of the most outstanding stained glass windows in Europe. It is only 500 meters away from Notre-Dame which makes visiting both churches on the same day a good idea. Wheelchair access at the Sainte-Chapelle lower chapel is via a small ramp. The main attraction is the upper chapel and is accessible by using an elevator in the adjacent building. You will have to be escorted to use it.

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If there is a long line on the sidewalk at the entrance, you may be able to go to the front to get escorted. You are supposed to make a reservation for assistance in advance, but I was able to get an escort to the elevator without it. According to one source, the elevator is not available on the weekends so plan your visit to occur during the week just to be safe. The bathrooms are accessible.

Is there an accessible entrance? Yes, on Boulevard du Palais, southeast side of building
Are there steps to get into the building? Yes
Is it just a single step, a few, or many? Many
Is there a ramp or elevator to get around the steps? Elevator, staff will show you where it is
Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motion activated? Staff will open it for you

Where is the closest place that cars/taxis can drop-off people? On Boulevard du Palais in front of the building.

Are there cobblestones or hills leading to the entrance? There is a courtyard leading to the elevator that is flat with cobblestones.

What percentage of the attraction can be viewed without having to go up steps? 100%

Which parts are not accessible? None

Are there loaner wheelchairs? No

Is there an accessible bathroom? Yes
Is door wide enough? Yes
Are there grab bars? Yes
Is there a space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet? Yes

Are there guided tours that don’t have to go up stepsGuided tours are everyday at 11:00 and 15:00 (I think these are in French)

Does advance notice need to be given for…
…handicapped parking? No
…opening of an accessible entrance? No
…loaner wheelchairs? No
…accessible tours? No

Is there a discount for someone with a disability and/or their companion? Free for someone with a disability

Address: 4 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
Telephone: 01 53 40 60 93 or 01 53 40 60 97
Website: http://sainte-chapelle.monuments-nationaux.fr/
Email: http://www.monuments-nationaux.fr/fr/contact/contacts-monuments/bdd/c_qui/71

Most visitors wait in this line to go through the metal detectors. A sign indicates to disabled visitors that the accessible entrance is located in the adjacent building.


Visitors will need to get up a small step, then cross a courtyard.  

The lower chapel is accessed via a small ramp.  Able-bodied visitors take a flight of stairs to the upper chapel.


Disabled visitors will be escorted to the adjacent building where a ramp and an elevator lead to the upper floor.


The path from Notre-Dame Cathedral to Sainte-Chapelle church is 500 m over flat ground:

Taxis should drop you off at the green arrow shown on the map:

Disabled parking spots near Sainte-Chapelle:

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