Sainte-ChapelleLa Sainte-Chapelle is a Gothic chapel in Paris, France, built in 1246 by the very devout king Louis IX of France as a chapel for the royal family and then as a shrine for what is said to be Christ's crown of thorns, taken from Constantinople (Istanbul) during the Crusades. The king was later granted sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Louis.
During the French Revolution, the chapel was converted to an administrative office, and the windows were obscured by enormous filing cabinets. The all-but-forgotten beauty was thereby inadvertently protected from the vandalism rampant at the time.
See also: Paris Hall of Justice