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Stunning stained glass worth visiting Sainte-Chapelle

At this Paris church, there are 1113 scenes from the Bible depicted in stained glass including this one showing Noah and his ark; the 15 windows are each 15 meters high

At this Paris church, there are 1113 scenes from the Bible depicted in stained glass including this one showing Noah and his ark; the 15 windows are each 15 meters high

Mounted on the clustered shafts that separate the great windows, are 12 larger-than-life sized stone figures representing the 12 apostles; this is St. John the Baptist

Mounted on the clustered shafts that separate the great windows, are 12 larger-than-life sized stone figures representing the 12 apostles; this is St. John the Baptist

This panel was warning about worshiping idols; more than a million visitors a year crowd into this relatively small church reminding me of the crowds at the Sistine Chapel

This panel was warning about worshiping idols; more than a million visitors a year crowd into this relatively small church reminding me of the crowds at the Sistine Chapel

The enormous windows tell the story of mankind from Genesis through to Christ's resurrection; the audioguide tried to walk me through the story but it was a challenge to figure out which panels they were describing since they are so tall

The enormous windows tell the story of mankind from Genesis through to Christ's resurrection; the audioguide tried to walk me through the story but it was a challenge to figure out which panels they were describing since they are so tall

The great shrine containing 22 relics of the Passion of Christ, including the fragment of the Holy Cross and Crown of Thorns, used to be displayed on the gallery

The great shrine containing 22 relics of the Passion of Christ, including the fragment of the Holy Cross and Crown of Thorns, used to be displayed on the gallery

Sainte-Chapelle is largely hidden with no street frontage but, with its magnificent stained windows, ranks as the number 2 thing to do in Paris according to TripAdvisor

Sainte-Chapelle is largely hidden with no street frontage but, with its magnificent stained windows, ranks as the number 2 thing to do in Paris according to TripAdvisor

The Virgin Mary, the sanctuary's patron saint, greets visitors in the lower chapel where palace staff used to pray; the upper chapel was for the king and his friends and family

The Virgin Mary, the sanctuary's patron saint, greets visitors in the lower chapel where palace staff used to pray; the upper chapel was for the king and his friends and family

Hitler visited Sainte-Chapelle in June 1940 on his only trip to Paris; it's hard to imagine this city under Nazi occupation although I've read enough books about it to know what happened

Hitler visited Sainte-Chapelle in June 1940 on his only trip to Paris; it's hard to imagine this city under Nazi occupation although I've read enough books about it to know what happened

Some of the precious relics of the church were destroyed in the French Revolution with those remaining now kept in the treasury of Notre Dame

Some of the precious relics of the church were destroyed in the French Revolution with those remaining now kept in the treasury of Notre Dame

Fifteen huge mid-13th century stained glass windows fill the nave and apse of the upper chapel; they are considered some of the finest stained glass in the world

Fifteen huge mid-13th century stained glass windows fill the nave and apse of the upper chapel; they are considered some of the finest stained glass in the world

Every inch of the interior is richly decorated; analysis of paint fragments reveals that the original colors were probably closer to the stained glass colors rather than the muted tones used by 19th century restorers

Every inch of the interior is richly decorated; analysis of paint fragments reveals that the original colors were probably closer to the stained glass colors rather than the muted tones used by 19th century restorers

Louis IX spent 40,000 livres to build the chapel to house the Crown of Thorns and then paid the Emperor of Constantinople 135,000 livres for the actual relics

Louis IX spent 40,000 livres to build the chapel to house the Crown of Thorns and then paid the Emperor of Constantinople 135,000 livres for the actual relics

This large rose window dates from 1490 and dominates the western wall; the chapel suffered serious damage during the French Revolution yet 2/3 of the windows are still authentic

This large rose window dates from 1490 and dominates the western wall; the chapel suffered serious damage during the French Revolution yet 2/3 of the windows are still authentic

I had never visited Sainte-Chapelle before because the lines were always super long; I bought my ticket online so I was able to avoid the long line

I had never visited Sainte-Chapelle before because the lines were always super long; I bought my ticket online so I was able to avoid the long line

The three wise men; the stained glass windows were restored over 7 years recently using lasers to clean them and outer glass to protect them from pollution

The three wise men; the stained glass windows were restored over 7 years recently using lasers to clean them and outer glass to protect them from pollution

The chapel used to be attached to a royal palace but it was destroyed long ago; the only other part of the medieval complex left is the Conciergerie next door

The chapel used to be attached to a royal palace but it was destroyed long ago; the only other part of the medieval complex left is the Conciergerie next door

Sainte-Chapelle, consecrated in 1248, is a royal chapel in the Gothic style within the medieval city that was home to the kings of France until the 14th century

Sainte-Chapelle, consecrated in 1248, is a royal chapel in the Gothic style within the medieval city that was home to the kings of France until the 14th century

King Louis IX, who built the church, being crowned in one scene and Jesus in the other; I needed a better knowledge of Biblical history to follow the explanations

King Louis IX, who built the church, being crowned in one scene and Jesus in the other; I needed a better knowledge of Biblical history to follow the explanations

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