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Saint-Joseph des Nations,11ème

Religion has had an evident qand significant impact upon the geography of Paris. The several church buildings that mark the city’s skyline attest to tis. This makes it an interesting place to discover the several and diverse workes of religious architecture in each of the arrondissements. More often than not, the unique stories that lie behind these buildings also serve to make visiting sacred spaces in Paris such an interesting and educational experience. Often, one has to pay very close attention to the symbols and heraldry in most of the churches to place each of the buildings into historical conteext and to understand the power and social forces that made each of the cchurch buildings necessary. One such building is Saint Joseph-des-Nations which I visited recently. If one looks closely you can notice sets of coat of arms belonging to the city of Paris, Pope Pius IX and the ‘archevéche’ (archbishop) at the time of the buildings first eucharistic mass in the late 19th century. These traces attest to the roole that religious sites played …

Eglise Notre Dame de Lorette

Visited the church ‘Notre dame de Lorette’ for the first time. What an interesting history and background she she holds. Designed by Louis-Hippolyte Lebas, an architect who trained under Percier and Fontaine (Napoleon’s preferred architects), Notre dame de Lorette is an interesting homage to neoclassical architecture. The austere attention to form and structure of its exterior gives little insight into the generously elaborate ceilings and walls within its confines. Plastered with representations of biblical figures and of the Franks who placed French history into motion including Saints Remy, Genevieve and Clotilde, and King Clovis, Notre dame de Lorette also offers an interesting space to study some of France’s founding myths and beliefs. Apparently, the fact that the Lebas chose to build the church ‘on stilts’ is not merely a matter of aesthetic preference. I am not sure how to say this in correct architectural terminology – but the neoclassical design was as much a stylistic choice as it was one made in consideration of the nature of the soil in the area and the need …

St. Eustache

Visited Église St. Eustache, an impressive work that marries gothic architecture and rennaisance detail and covers under its towering rooftops a vast, intricate web of arches that shelter Rubens artwork and intricate stained glass windows. In its day it was clearly an elaborately adorned testament to the political and cultural power that its worhsippers bore. She has welcomed with Richelieu who was baptised there, Louis XIV who took his communion here as a child and Mozart who chose it to tbe the venue for his mothers funeral. As with churches all over Europe – it is clear with St. Eustache that the management of this sacred site is a challenge that city managers need to find solutions to: Barely visible are old frescoes and intricate detailing in the building’s walls that could do with some restoration work. The decline of Christianity more broazdly speaking also necessarily means that the significant monetary power of the Catholic church that established buildings such as Saint Eustache no longer exists. Financing and preservation is thus funded out of public …

église St. Ambroise

Discovered a beautiful sacred space in the 11eme, built in the 19th century. It also has a small garden in front of it that was apparently donated by local residents in appreciation of the Catholic church’s work in providing social aid and welfare assistance. The few stained glass widows are impressive depictions not only of the patron saint but of Saint Augustine and his mother, and St Francis in a similar set of windows. The gothic finesse of its structure is quite remarkable. As a space to catch a few minutes of quiet, St. Ambrose – or Saint Ambroise in french – could not be more ideal! 71 Boulevard Voltaire, Metro line 9, Metro stop St Ambroise A few images from yesterday:

Upcoming Notre dame de Paris concerts!

Saturday 25 February, 20h30 : Jean-Sébastien Bach, œuvres d’orgue & Chant grégorien Saturday 3 March, 20h30 : Répons de Ténèbres de T.-L. Victoria et Polyphonies du XVIe siècle Saturday 10 March, 20h30 : Musique baroque française : œuvres de F. Couperin & M.-A. Charpentier Saturday 17 March, 20h30 : Œuvres de G. Fauré, E. Elgar et L. Delibes avec la Maîtrise Saint Christophe de Javel Saturday 24 March, 20h30 : Dietrich Buxtehude, Membra Jesu Nostri Saturday 31 March, 20h15 : Chant grégorien et Musique médiévale Tickets sold only on the evening of the concert from 20h. 10€ standard price and 5€ for all those who qualify for any type of reduction.

St. Séverin

Not too far from Notre Dame de Paris and on the margins of the ‘Quartier Latin’, Saint Séverin traces its name to the fifth century and its current form to the 11th. Apart from being an impressive work of Gothic architecture, it boasts a unique, quiet space that is impressive for several reasons. There are the stained glass windows that narrate notable episodes in the Latin quarter’s history and of biblical accounts depicted with interesting nuance. Then there is a very quiet chapel with Goya-like interpretations of The Passion, abstract modernist stained glasses and an intricate web of arches that give the impression of tasteful extravagance. In the case of the latter, the church is an apt depiction of its surroundings. Beautiful, intricate, extravagant yet tasteful and inviting. I had walked past it many times but decided to go in earlier this week and was very impressed by the experience. Here are a few mobile phone images from the vist to St. Séverin at 3, rue des Prêtres Saint-Séverin, 75005 —-