Eglise Val-de-Grace, Paris

4.7
The Church of the Val-de-Grâce is a Roman Catholic church in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, in what is now the Val-de-Grâce Hospital. The edifice was formerly a royal abbey, and its dome is a principal landmark of the skyline of Paris. The church was initially designed by François Mansart, succeeded by Jacques Lemercier, who designed the Saint-Sacrament chapel's spiral-coffered dome after Philibert de L'Orme's chapel at the Château d'Anet.
The church was founded by Anne of Austria, Queen Consort of Louis XIII, in 1621. Anne, a devout Roman Catholic and counter-reformationist, had visited a priory in the deep valley of the Bièvre river and had become a friend of the prioress, Marguerite de Veny d'Arbouse. Anne suggested that an abbey be established with a suitable church. Construction began in 1634 on land given by the crown, the former Hôtel du Petit-Bourbon. Construction proceeded slowly, particularly after Anne fell from favor with the King. The estranged Anne spent time at the abbey, watched by Cardinal Richelieu and participating in intrigues with others who were out of favor. Louis finally forbade Anne to visit the abbey, but soon after, Anne became pregnant with Louis' heir, the Dauphin Louis Dieudonné.
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  • We stummbled upon this gorgeous church while exploring our hotel's neighbourhood. Quite remarkable and beautiful.  more »
  • Enjoy the facade from the square in front & take some photos. Inside is an exhibit on health that is only somewhat interesting. But best is to go inside to view the splendid architecture. I...  more »
  • The architect, François Mansart, the one of a family of famous French royal architects, has deeply inspired all the French classic style during Louis the 17 era. The only castle remaining from his...  more »
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  • Highly ornated and nice museum.
  • “ If we confess our sins , he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousnuss “ John 1:9
  • amazing church with a little unknown museum inside displaying the old army hospital's things and accomplishments during world war.The interior of the church is also very pleasant.Definitely worth a visit
  • Didn't go in but enjoyed a coffee and pastry from bakery opposite
  • Interesting building for its history, the old "Cité Sainte" located on "Petit Bourbon" on the way to the old road to Saint Jacques de Compostelle. The chapel is inspired by St Peter in Roma. Some great paintings by De Champaigne are there too.

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