The special place I want to write about came up several times in our recent “Memories of Paris” post. It is La Sainte Chapelle, a 13th Century chapel built (or, rather, ordered to be built) by King Louis IX in order to house relics, the most important of which was, supposedly, the Crown of Thorns.
I have no idea what has happened to the relics, but what remains is one of the most stunning buildings on the planet. It is dominated by very large stained glass windows which flood the space inside with holy light. I’ve been there many times and each time it takes my breath away.
When I lived in Paris (1979-81), you could pop along any time, plonk down a few francs, and sometimes have the place almost to yourself. Sadly, it has been “discovered” by tour companies and now you have to line up (sometimes for quite a long period) to jam yourself into the space with lots of others. It is still well worth it.
So, what place is very special to you?