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Eglise Saint Roch, Paris

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The Church of Saint-Roch is a late Baroque church in Paris, dedicated to Saint Roch. Located at 284 rue Saint-Honoré, in the 1st arrondissement, it was built between 1653 and 1740. The church is organized as a series of chapels. One of them is dedicated to Saint Susanna in memory of the church which used to stand in its place. Accordingly, there is a mural painting above the altar, showing Saint Susanna fleeing her attackers, and looking up to the heavens for the help of God. The Marquis de Sade was married in this church on May 17, 1763.HistoryIn 1521, the tradesman Jean Dinocheau had a chapel built on the outskirts of Paris, which he dedicated to Saint Susanna. In 1577, his nephew Etienne Dinocheau had it extended into a larger church. In 1629, it became the parish church and thereafter underwent further work. The first stone of the church of Saint-Roch was laid by Louis XIV in 1653, accompanied by his mother Anne of Austria. Originally designed by Jacques Lemercier, the building's construction was halted in 1660 and was resumed in 1701 under the direction of architect Jacques Hardouin-Mansart, brother of the better-known Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Work was finally completed in 1754.
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  • This church may be often overlooked by tourists eager to shop in the neighborhood -- some of the world's best names are nearby. But go up the steps and in to appreciate the beautiful artwork and stunn...  more »
  • Especially the back part, a bit unexpectedly, like a second church or a church in the church, is special  more »
  • I wanted to visit this church as the hero of The Battle of the Chesapeake is buried here. Admiral Compte DeGrasse of the French Navy kept the British Navy from getting to Yorktown, VA, during the Sieg...  more »
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  • The site where Napoleon distinguished himself on 14 Vendemiaire, worth a visit to this historical site
  • What a lovely place to visit in Paris. Probably not in many tourist guides so it was quiet Lovely to photograph but I didn't break my rule of photographing inside religious sites. Left a nice donation.
  • A great church to visit, but to enhance your visit consider taking in a concert while you are there. We saw gospel dream and to hear such beautiful voices in an old space designed to amplify sound was an experience!
  • Discovered this church by accident and was blown away by the interior. It is large. The artwork is extraordinary and I liked the way it was illuminated and explained at the entrance and related to the Bible passages in both in French and English. The focal point at the end of the church is very meditative. Well worth a look
  • awe inspiring