Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet, Paris

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Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet is a Roman Catholic church in the centre of Paris, France, located in the 5th arrondissement. Since 1977, the church has been used by traditionalist Society of St. Pius X and remains in the Society's hands.History until 1977The church was first built in the 13th century and was reconstructed between 1656 and 1763.In 1612, Adrien Bourdoise founded a seminary at Saint-Nicolas.In the late 17th century noted harpsichordist Jean-Nicolas Geoffroy (1633–1694) served as titular organist of the church.In the 19th century the adjacent Mutualité site was occupied by a seminary. There, Ernest Renan studied under the direction of the Abbé Dupanloup, who attained celebrity in 1838 when he reconciled the notoriously amoral diplomat Talleyrand, who had received the minor orders at Saint-Nicholas, to the church on his death-bed. (Dupanloup subsequently became Bishop of Orléans and a member of the Académie française).Since 1905, the city of Paris, following the law on the separation of Church and State, claims ownership of the church but grants the Roman Catholic Church a free usage right.
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  • Having such beautiful works of art and slaughter them by lighting to yellow lamps is a stupidity without name.
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  • Its recent history is quite interesting. It was occupied in 1977 by traditional Catholics, antiliberais and antiprogressistas and has since been the your fiefdom. It celebrates the Tridentine Mass, or Mass of St. Pius X, in Latin with the priest with his back to the faithful. At first it was considered illegal and received heavy artillery from the Vatican, which stipulated that if I used the new liturgy. But that would have political courage to order the occupation of the Church? Has beautiful crystal chandeliers, but is requiring maintenance.
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  • Full of beautiful paintings and images of Saints, this church has spaces that become a little lugubrious. Worth a visit her unpretentious.
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  • A stunning church and one where everything is just as it should be: proper confessionals, side altars in use, altar rails, statues, beautiful paintings - the lot! My friends and I were blown away. Thank you for your faith!
  • Beautiful church.
  • We stumbled across this Church on our way to another place and glad we did. Really cool one.
  • Beautiful church without the crowds.
  • grand and quite
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