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.


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".


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.