Sainte-Chapelle

Vincent takes Kate to attend to a Revenant wedding in Saint-Chapelle. And this place alone is worth the whole visit of Paris and any time in line it takes to get in.

Sainte-Chapelle was built between 1239 and 1248. It was specifically built to house a collection of Passion Relics including the Crown of Thorns that was one of the most important passion relics in medieval times. Its two story layout was reminiscence to Charlemange’s palatine chapel in Aachen. The direct access from the king’s chambers to the upper sanctuary was meant to bring to mind the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. All of it was done to position Louis IX as the central monarch of Western Christendom.

His political and cultural ambitions left us with a most stunning Gothic building. Every inch of the interior walls burst with colors and intricate, filigree work of masonry. The high rising stone almost seems delicate. And then where are these windows that bathe the whole upper floor into an ocean of colors. It is the most extensive in-situ collection of 13th century stained glass windows in the world.

One says no one should dress more beautiful than the bride on a wedding. Well, then don’t marry at Sainte-Chapelle as this church will outshine every bride.

 

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