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Eglise Saint-Louis en l'Ile, Paris

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The Saint-Louis-en-l'Île Church, is a Catholic church located on Île Saint-Louis in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, France.HistoryConstruction of the church began in 1664. It replaced an earlier church which was built in 1622, and the church was completed in 1675.
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  • This church is barely visible when you walk in the central street of the Ile Saint Louis. It is oriented East West so parallel to the street, with a side gate to no. 19. Its name comes from that King Louis IX, the future Saint Louis, came to pray in this place which, in 1260 was a separate island called "Cow island" and hence it is part crusade to Tunis in 1269. A small chapel is built which is too small. Under Louis XIII, Christophe Marie is allowed by the King to subdivide the island. The bridge "Mary", which allows access to the island, bears his name. A church was then built in place of the chapel but later in 1652 under the authority of the architect Le Vau François. However financing is difficult and the construction will be completed only in 1726. The Bell Tower "Campanile" current, which had been destroyed by lightning date of 1765. It is in the shape of obelisk and perforated to avoid the wind which can be very strong here. This period being the height of the classic style, the Church is in this style, a bit heavy and provided for many interiors, while the outside is rather sober. A perforated thin cloth protects the outer parts of the Church which gives him a look and a new and very special skin. The Interior is light thanks to the large white stained glass windows on the sides, particularly those in the South. The outside obviously needs restoration! The Interior consists of a nave with classic arcades with pillars highlighted by gold dating from the 19 th century and a rotunda in the Center arch. The majority of the works in the Church are the result of donations from Auguste Louis Napoleon Bossuet, priest of the Church in 1864. Of beautiful paintings from many places in Europe are visible in the ambulatories. The apse is high and many gold and ornaments in the classical style. The side chapels have a special interest by the decorations, statues and painted frescoes. Some polychrome stained glass windows, beautifully crafted, are visible in the side chapels and the ambulatory. The organ is recent, 2005, and is built by Bernard Aubertin according to the German style baroque period. Many concerts are held in this building. Access of the Church can be done by the metro station "Pont Marie" line no. 7 on the right bank, then you have to cross the Seine by the pont Marie and take rue Saint Louis in the island on your left.
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  • We just popped in while a choral performance was happening, and the acoustics were lovely. Great church, with a Gothic feel.  more »
  • Perhaps it is difficult to mention Saint-Louis-en-l ' Île between the most beautiful churches of Paris, and among other things likely to go unnoticed for two reasons: it is located on the island of Saint-Louis, little joke by tourists, and offers the only way to some relief of the island on the left flank, remaining without a proper façade. If the exterior is nondescript, the Interior is definitely worthy of a visit to the beautiful baroque decoration, sumptuous but without any excesses. Very beautiful organ and stucco statues of the Madonna and child and St Genevieve.
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  • This is one of the oldest churches in Paris here on this island, which is one of the longest-inhabited areas of Paris - meaning back to the 13th c. and beyond.
  • The whole Île de Saint Louis is my favorite place in Paris. This church is very charming (and small) and have regular concerts (like most churches in Paris). Built around the end of XVII century, it has some nice paintings and stained glasses.
  • Beautiful historic church. Worth a visit!
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  • Small parish district, but very dynamic. A superb collection, at the disposal of the eye of passing... Enjoy!
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  • Silence and rest.
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