Sainte-Chapelle du Palais, is a palatine chapel built on the Ile de la Cité, in Paris, at the request of Saint Louis to house the Holy Crown of Thorns, a piece of the True Cross, as well as various other relics of the Passion he had acquired from 1239. It is the first built of the Holy Chapels, designed as a vast reliquary almost entirely glazed, and is distinguished by the elegance and boldness of its architecture, which is manifested in a significant rise and the almost total elimination of the walls at the level of the windows of the upper chapel. Although built in a short period of time not exceeding seven years, no construction defects were found, and the decoration was not neglected. It notably uses sculpture, painting and the art of stained glass: it is its huge original historiated stained glass windows that today make the richness of the Sainte-Chapelle.
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