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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.
Venue name: Sainte-Chapelle
Address: 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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