Restoration of historic monuments is a perpetual activity in France. Since 2008 seven stained glass windows of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris have been undergoing restoration, with completition expected to be in 2014. Notwithstanding that an entire section of windows is covered for the work, the small and sumptuous chapel, built in the 13th century to house purported relics of the holy crown of thorns, still gives one the impression of being inside a jewel box. That feeling is intensified, however, during winter visits when the large and tall doors to the outside are closed. On fine summer days they're left open.
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