Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Jim Rosenberg on March 3, 2005

In 1239, King Louis IX began to deal with the Emperor of Constantinople to secure what could only be seen as some of the most prized relics in all of Christendom, including the Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the wood from the Cross of Christ and nails from the crucifixion. For around a third of the cost paid for the historic artifacts, Louis (who eventually became known as St. Louis) commissioned the construction of Sainte-Chapelle to house them.

Divided into an upper and a lower chapel, Sainte Chapelle is home to one of the most fantastic displays of stained glass anywhere, with 15 large windows taking up most of the wall space in the upper sanctuary telling the story of the Passion and also focusing on various books of the Old Testament. A large rose window depicts the Apocalypse.

Admission is 6.10‚ā¨ for a standard ticket, or it can be purchased in conjunction with admission to the nearby conciergerie, but visitors can save standing in the ticket line if they have a museum pass since Sainte-Chapelle is included.

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