Monday, May 31, 2010

Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie.

The Palais de la Cite was the royal palace from the 10th to the 14th century...(until the royals moved to the Louvre). It is now the French Palace of Justice. The Palais houses the Sainte-Chapelle (Holy Chapel) and the Conciergerie which includes the prison cell of Marie-Antoinette...I was not inspired to take photos inside the Conciergerie.

The Sainte-Chapelle was built between 1242 and 1248 to display the relics of the Passion of Christ. The Crown of Thorns was purchased in 1239 and was the most famous relic of the Chapel.

I actually had to take a deep breath before taking this photo.
There's "something" special about Sainte-Chapelle. Inside the Lower Chapel.

Lower Chapel was used by the palace workers.
The King's fleur-de-lis symbol.
The Upper Chapel with 15 Stained Glass Windows was used by the Royals.
Upper Chapel includes statues of the 12 apostles of Christ.

The 15 windows tell the story from Genesis through the resurrection of Christ.

The Palace of Justice today.
Inside the Palace Gates.

Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie are all that remain from the oldest palace of the kings of France.

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