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Reliquary Crown in the Louvre, Taken on my trip to Paris, 2012.

In Constantinople, King Louis IX (St. Louis) had bought fragments of relics, notably the Crown of Thorns, for which he built the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. He detached fragments from the relics, had them set in reliquaries, and gave them as gifts. In its small cavities the Crown of Liège, as it is known, houses two kinds of relics: bones of unnamed apostles, confessors, martyrs, and virgins; and relics of the Passion of Christ (fragments of the Holy Lance, the True Cross, and the Crown of Thorns). This piece testifies to the piety of Louis, king and saint, and to his veneration of the relics of the Passion.

Reliquary Crown in the Louvre, Taken on my trip to Paris, 2012.

In Constantinople, King Louis IX (St. Louis) had bought fragments of relics, notably the Crown of Thorns, for which he built the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. He detached fragments from the relics, had them set in reliquaries, and gave them as gifts. In its small cavities the Crown of Liège, as it is known, houses two kinds of relics: bones of unnamed apostles, confessors, martyrs, and virgins; and relics of the Passion of Christ (fragments of the Holy Lance, the True Cross, and the Crown of Thorns). This piece testifies to the piety of Louis, king and saint, and to his veneration of the relics of the Passion.

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