Devout King Louis IX (St Louis, 1226-70) had a hobby of accumulating holy relics. In the 1240s, he bought what was advertised as the Crown of Thorns, and ordered Pierre de Montreuil to design a shrine. The result was Sainte-Chapelle. With 15m (49ft) windows, the upper level appears to consist almost entirely of stained glass. The windows depict hundreds of scenes from the Old and New Testaments, culminating with the Apocalypse in the rose window.
6 boulevard du Palais
|Opening hours:||Mar-Oct 9.30am-6pm daily. Nov-Feb 9am-5pm daily|
|Price:||€8; €5 reductions; free under-18s (accompanied by an adult). PMP. With Conciergerie €11; €7.50 reductions.|
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Completely restored. It is very much worth the trip to visit it as it is now magnificent. Bonus if you pick a sunny day. Very cool interactive screens on the ground floor. Don't miss this!
I'm not a huge fan of churches but I stumbled upon this place and was flabbergasted. The stained glass is incredible - expect to get a crooked neck spending so long looking up!