Attending A Chamber Music Concert in Sainte-Chapelle in Paris

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris France
Sainte-Chapelle, Paris. Photo: J. Chung

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Classical Music In Sainte-Chapelle

Vivaldi? Bach? Surrounded by beautiful stained glass? The entire experience transports you to another time. Sainte-Chapelle is a gothic, medieval church on the Ile de la Cité and was built in the mid-1200’s.

Attending a nighttime concert at Sainte-Chapelle gives you the opportunity to not only listen to beautiful baroque music but also see an impressive church. There are 15 stained glass panes and they depict 113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments.  These 15-metre-high colourful panels are a major part of the Chapelle.

Christmas Concerts At Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle Christmas Concert

As I mentioned in my trip report, where I visited Paris and Strasbourg in December, I did attend a Christmas concert at Sainte-Chapelle; however, there wasn’t much, if any, Christmas music. The program was very similar to the Four Seasons concerts I’ve seen in the past, with a few Strauss Waltzes thrown in.

Regardless, the event was a lovely way to end my trip and head home for Christmas. The series of Christmas concerts started on December 21 and continued for just over a week.

Here is a link to my itinerary: Trip #38 To France: Paris And Strasbourg In December

Sainte Chapelle Paris
Sainte-Chapelle Paris (J. Chung)

Sainte-Chapelle’s History

This royal chapel was within the Palais de la Cité, which was the Royal residence and sadly much of Sainte-Chapelle was destroyed during the French Revolution. Renovations in the 19th and 21st centuries have attempted to restore much of the damage from the Revolution, wars, pollution, and visitor traffic.

Concerts In Sainte-Chapelle

Most often the classical music program at Sainte-Chapelle includes (light) chamber music by Vivaldi (Four Seasons) or Pacabel (Canon), but from mid to late December, special Christmas concerts are held too. This year, they are running from December 21 to 29.

Tickets start at 49 Euros (for adults) and can be purchased through Classictic. It is the only company I buy from and they are the ones Sainte-Chapelle uses.

For available dates and best prices check their website here: Sainte-Chapelle Concerts

Chamber Music At Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Chamber music concert at Eglise de Saint Germain de Pres in Paris

If you can’t get tickets, you could consider a similar concert at Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés. I’ve attended a concert there too and it was lovely.  The church has some stained glass windows, but not as many as at Sainte-Chapelle.

For available dates and best prices, check the Classictic website here: Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

If you’re interested in seeing what other concerts are playing in Paris, check out the listings here: Concerts In Paris.

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