Shelter from the summer sun in the cool majesty of the Sainte Chapelle and be enchanted by the beauty of the 15 stained glass windows telling the story of the world from its creation to the arrival in Paris of the relics of the Passion acquired by King Louis IX, commonly known as Saint Louis. This soaring place of worship was built in 1239 to house the Crown of Thorns and other holy relics as Saint Louis did not want them scattered.
The slightest ray of sunshine through the stained glass and the Sainte Chapelle assumes a truly heavenly aspect!
The Sainte Chapelle: 2 Boulevard du Palais M° Cité
While you’re in the vicinity, why not enjoy a picnic in the Jardin des Tuileries, the oldest public garden in Paris and, indeed, in France ? Relax and admire sculptures created by Maillol, Rodin, Dubuffet and Louise Bourgeois as the garden’s ponds mirror the deep blue of the sky.
At the western end of the garden is the Musée de l’Orangerie, where you can see Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series of paintings.