Sunday, 15 March 2015


Sainte-Chapelle on the Ile de la Cite is one of my favourite places in Paris.  It was commissioned in 1239 by Louis IX to house his collection of holy relics.  The walls of the upper floor of the Gothic chapel consist of fifteen huge panels of magnificent stained glass and a single large rose window.  Ten of the windows depict scenes from the Old Testament while those in the nave display examples of the kings and queens of biblical times with whom Louis IX seems to assume direct descension.

The next five blogposts will be dedicated to this church which no visitor to Paris should miss!


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