Situated right in the center of the city within the Palace of Justice complex on the Ile de la Cite, the chapel is said to contain sacred items that hold such importance in the religion of the Catholics that visiting it is among the must-do activities in Paris. The Sainte Chapel or the Holy Chapel is a Gothic chapel that is small in size and was built in the style of the Rayonnant.
Constructed during the reign of King Louis IX from the period of 1238 to 1244, the chapel has holy relics like what is believed to be the Crown of Thorns of Jesus and a genuine piece of the True Cross. It was said that these items were bought from Baldwin II, who was a Byzantine emperor, in 1239 for the price of 135,000 books. Books were a good trade in those times. This, even as the church's construction only cost 40,000 books.
Address: 8 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 53 40 60 80
Architects: Peter of Montereau
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