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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.At the time of the French Revolution, the church of Saint-Roch was often at the centre of events and was the scene of many shootings which have left their mark on the façade. 13 Vendémiaire was one such occasion, this was pivotal in the rise of Napoleon. It was not only the outside of the church that was damaged. During the Revolution it was ransacked, and many works of art were stolen or destroyed. Amongst the missing paintings was one of Dinocheau, a generous donor, who built the first church on this spot. His portrait, which used to hang in a side chapel, has been found and is now in Italy, in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Piedmont. This portrait is currently misidentified as that of Paul Feminis.
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  • I went to this church, from the Louvre to see the festival room of the Virgin Mary of Mansart. Size is second to none in the Notre-Dame Cathedral is a church building and gorgeous decor was impressive.
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  • In the baroque style, this church was built in 1653. It has been classified in Historical Monuments in 1914. You can admire all the paintings, sculptures, murals, dome, ceiling of the nave, the way of the cross, stained glass windows, the pulpit, the organ... A very nice visit.
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  • At first I went in not knowing the Cathedral Saint-ROCH Cathedral. Not a simple Cathedral went to listen, Jesus illustrated the life of one wall of the Cathedral that was impressive in this exhibition. Even though it was not comparable to a small museum. There is no entrance fee to the Museum just to hear if time is recommended.
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
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  • Not too impressive on the exterior but inside it is AMAZING! Definitely worth a walk through and not the crowds that you get at Notre Dame.