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On a layover in Paris I decided to take a trip into town to visit Notre Dame and the Sainte-Chapelle. A large number of the windows were behind scaffolding but it was still a marvel to behold.

The Sainte-Chapelle was built between 1239 and 1248 to house King Louis IX’s Passion Relics. Basically it’s a reliquary blown up to the scale of an entire building and was incorporated into the palace complex. It’s one of the finest masterpieces of Rayonnant Gothic architecture. The interior is richly decorated interior and massive amounts of stained glass and was designed to resemble the reverse of the richly externally decorated reliquaries. The stone structure was reduced to just the most slender framework so that the illumination through the 15 stained glass windows dominate the walls.

Damaged during the French Revolution, it still was the largest collection of intact medieval stained glass windows. In all the 15 windows cover 6458 square feet and contain 1130 figures from the Bible.

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