Shirt of Saint Louis

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The shirt of Saint Louis, also known as the shirt of Saint Louis, is a relic venerated by some Catholics.

The shirt and other treasures of Saint Louis, Notre-Dame de Paris.

Description[edit]

It is a shirt that belonged to the King of France and Catholic Saint Louis IX and a sign of his piety.

Made of a white linen fabric with 31 warp threads per cm² for 27 weft threads, it is 43 cm wide and 111.4 cm high. One sleeve is missing1, and it shows traces of blood.

A parchment from the 15th century sewn to the shirt indicates "It is the shirt of monks. saint Louis once Roy de fran et nya only one sleeve".

History[edit]

The exact age of the garment is uncertain. It is said to be dated from the 13th century.

The shirt appears in the inventory of the Sainte-Chapelle from 1480. It was then transferred to the Basilica of Saint-Denis on 12 March 1791, then to the Bibliothèque nationale de France on 18 November 1793.

Preserved since 1804 at Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral1, the shirt has been classified as an historic monument since 11 September 19741. It was restored in 2014 by Chevalier-conservation1.

It was saved from the fire of 15 April 2019, at the same time as the Holy Crown, thanks in particular to the priest Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris fire brigade.