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Old Oct 3, 2006, 11:36 PM   #1
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A personal undertaking of Louis IX, Sainte Chapelle was built between the years 1242-1248, and was constructed to house the relecs of Christ's Passion, namely the crown of thorns which Louis had purchased from Baudouin II of Constantinople for the sum of £135,000. Compare this to the total cost to build Sainte Chapelle of £40,000- both amazing sums for the period. This church contained two chapels, a lower chapel for the masses and upper chapel for the King's use.
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The lower chapel,
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Upper chapel, a sea of beautiful stained glass...
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a closeup of the Rose Window...
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rear view of royal chapel...
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I'm not sure these really do this church justice. It is an absolutely awesome feeling standing in the middle of this sanctuary and looking around at these incredible windows that surround you on all sides...
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These are beautiful Greg! Thank you for sharing them with us!

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The delicate pillars and ribs of stone replacing themassive columns and heavy arches and thus allowingplenty of space to the sea of stained glass, gave a sight of heaven with stones of emerald and ruby to the worshippers, and now to us

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It's amazing this building is even still around to enjoy today. Being right in the middle of Paris, it was sacked during the revolution and used as a storage facility. The roodscreen was destroyed, the relics dispersed (I believe some are now at the Notre Dame treasury), the organ was taken away, the spire has burned twice- the current one wasinstalled in the mid 1850's. It was even doused once with gasoline. All that had to be done was someone needed to strike a match, but they didn't, so we have what is really a magnificent structure and beautiful windowsto admire, but during the reign of the Kings you know the interior was really quite a magnificent place that today we can only speculate about as far as what it did look like.
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