ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Happy Birthday to our namesake. Friday marks the 800th anniversary of the birth of King Louis IX of France. Born in 1214, he became Saint Louis when he was canonized in 1297, 27 years after his death. He was a patron of the arts, founded several hospitals, and reformed the trial process in France, saying disputes would be settled by Roman law.
King Louis IX commissioned the construction of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris to house his collection of relics of Jesus Christ.
He, like his father, participated in the Crusades and, like his father, died while participating in one of the holy wars in 1270.
The Saint Louis Art Museum will present a free exhibition highlighting both exceptional art from the reign of Louis IX and later works inspired by the 13th-century monarch. The exhibition, titled Louis IX: King, Saint, Namesake, opens Aug. 29 and runs through Nov. 2.