The Sainte-Chapelle: A Rare and Sparkling Jewel

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The Sainte-Chapelle The Sainte Chapelle sparkles like a rare jewel that has magnificent architecture and decoration; the stain glass windows seem to be inside of a jewel case. The many jewels seem to change color every hour with the sunlight rays bouncing back and forth. “The founder, King Louis IX, the future St. Louis, who had it built to house the Holy Relics of the Passion, today dispersed” (Finance 1). The spire has statues of Christ’s apostles at the base of the spire and has angles decorated above the apostles. The Sainte Chapelle, the lower chapel was devoted to the Virgin Mary, and reserved for the administration staff. The upper chapel was reserved for the King and his family; the religious relics connected to Jesus Christ were kept in the upper chapel. In 1690, the flood damaged the lower chapel, and the fire in 1776 caused more damage, then the Revolution further damaged the Sainte Chapelle. The restoration started around 1840 and was completed in the middle of the nineteenth century to exhibit the original thirteen-century medieval architecture. King Louis IX founded the Sainte Chapelle to house the religious relics connected to the Passion, the lower chapel was devoted to the Virgin as well as reserved for the palace staff, the upper chapel was reserved for the King, and the religious relics were kept in the upper chapel. Furthermore, Louis IX was crowned King in 1226 at the age of twelve years old, and his mother ensured the kingdom until the year

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