Eglise du Saint-Esprit, Paris

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#105 of 211 in Historic Sites in Paris
The Église du Saint-Esprit is a Roman Catholic church in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France, in the southeast of the city. It was built in 1928–35. The cathedral has a very large reinforced concrete dome, unusual for the period. The interior is richly decorated by contemporary artists of the Ateliers d'Art Sacré.
The urban population in the neighborhood had been growing since 1860, which created the need for the church. The land between avenue Daumesnil and rue Claude Decaen was purchased in 1927 by the Archbishop, Cardinal Dubois, and his auxiliary Mgr Crépin. The Église Saint-Esprit was built between 1928 and 1935 by the architect Paul Tournon following a plan inspired by that of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. It was built of reinforced concrete with a facing of red bricks from Burgundy. Tournon said that the huge dome made light by the row of openings at its base, with the square nave that supported it, symbolized the union of the divine and the earth. The dome is in diameter and its summit is above ground level. Use of reinforced concrete for the vertical supports and the dome was a major technical feat at the time.
The crypt was inaugurated in Ascension 1929 and served as a chapel while the upper part of the church was built. The work progressed slowly due to lack of funding. When Cardinal Dubois died in 1929 he was replaced by Bishop Verdier, who resumed construction in 1932. His bust is above the main door.
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  • If you don’t know about this place you would walk, ride or drive right by it. Represented to be the only cathedral that survived the French revolution and it was saved from destruction by a quick...  more »
  • This rarely visited treasure in eastern Paris closely resembles Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and is one of the most breathtaking Byzantine churches we have ever seen. There is a massive domed ceiling...  more »
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  • Most impressive interior despite the modest entrance
  • Well situated and would recommend to visit when in the area
  • One of my favorite places in Paris.
  • It is a very large church seen from the outside and very beautiful and warm view from the inside. Once we have passed the door, we feel invaded by an immense inner warmth at the sight of the walls covered with frescoes of an orange colour. This place breathes peace. Too bad the acoustics are not at the rendezvous.
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  • Do not rely on its curious exterior appearance! It is embedded in buildings because, inside, it is a beautiful and welcoming place!
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