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…

Free Bach Concert: 25 March

Just entered into the diary…. JS Bach “Inventions et Sinfonies” BWV 772 – 801 with Marie-Ange Leurent, Eric Lebrun on organ Sunday 25 March 2012 Eglise Notre Dame de Lorette 18 bis, rue de Châteudin, Paris 9eme Free Entrance 16h00

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

Notre Dame Nativity Scene

Caught a glimpse of the Notre Dame nativity scene earlier today. And, more importantly managed to simply walk into Notre Dame without having to wait in a long queue (well, I’ve only queued once for a concert at the Cathedral). It also seems as though there are a few concerts lined up for the holiday…

Parisian Byzantine Sacred Space: St Augustine

8 avenue César Caire, the parish of St Augustine in the 8th arrondissement is a beautiful, byzantine-inspired sacred space that I happened to stumble across yesterday. The architecture and design are quite an impressive feat and worthy to be seen.

Basilique Saint-Denis

A visit of the “Basilique Saint-Denis’ was also squeezed in at some point over the past week: and these are some images of that visit. It’s quite a stunning space to visit – a museum of an age long past where religion and monarchy very much defined what it meant to be “French’. Today the…

St Etienne-du-Mont

Now, these images are a bit hazy, but for ‘record keeping’s’ sake – for the record – I’ll just post these images from St. Etienne du Mont, also visited earlier over the course of the past week. It’s famous for containing what are believed to be the relics of Saint Genevieve, the patron saint of…