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St. Gervais - St. Protais, Paris

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One of the oldest churches in Paris, St. Gervais - St. Protais is mentioned as early as the fourth century, though it assumed its present appearance in the 16th century. The church is best-known for employing the Couperin family--one of the most famous dynasties of French musicians--for more than two centuries. The organ used by Louis and François Couperin still sits inside the church today, built by the most famous organ building family, the Clicquots. That fact is remarkable, considering that on March 29, 1918, a German shell fell on the church during a Good Friday service. It collapsed the roof, killing 88 and wounding 68 others. This was the worst single incident involving a loss of civilian lives during the German bombardment of Paris in 1918. The church was rebuilt and refurbished after the war. Use our Paris trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to St. Gervais - St. Protais and other attractions in Paris.
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  • This church is located in the 4th district, said area of Saint Gervais, behind the Paris City Hall. It is the oldest parish on the right bank, because in this place a Basilica dating from the 4 th century was built, in an area of swampland, Lutèce being side left bank. The construction of the current church starts in 1494 with the completions of the progressive, from the chapel of the Virgin in 1517, then the chorus in 1540 and finally the nave in 1620, delayed by the wars of religion. The architect of this Gothic masterpiece is not known. The façade was built in 1620, but at that time the classic style is needed. François Mansart architect uses the classic style with a façade massive at 3 levels and ionic and Corinthian columns with capitals, decorated with niches for statues. The façade is accessible from St. Gervais and the Church is still enclosed in the surrounding buildings. Only a small passage provides access to the southern part of the building, by the passage of the gauntlet. The high steeple of shape rectangular Tower, fortified, is being renovated. The south wall of the nave is not equipped push-button arc but foothills close and full in order to let the light by a large polychrome stained glass of renaissance style. A medieval style corner turret remains on the side of the south transept with two sundials, visible from the street. The stained glass windows are one of the treasures of this church, in the renaissance style with beautiful colors that sparkling under the Sun of the afternoon. The tympanum of the Bay has beautiful stained glass windows of the 17 th century the lateral chapels are richly decorated with woodwork and paintings of Renaissance style. Sides are filled from ceiling to cross with a bursting in ribbed diamonds. Many altarpieces wooden or marble are divided into various lateral chapels. The so-called Chapel of influence to the right of the choir has a great Memorial of Michel Le Tellier says "Louvois" Minister of Louis XIV, work of the 17th century, according to the plans of the famous architect of the King, Jules Hardouin Mansart. Next, the Pieta of Jean Pierre Cortot of the 18 th century marble is beautiful. Many paintings from different epochs are works of art that it is interesting to visit and which justify entry in this church. The Interior of the nave is slender with a small width which gives an effect of greatness and elevation with superb cross of warhead and pillars however very slender ribbed. This church although little known to tourists is one of the most beautiful in Paris. It is accessible from the metro stations "Town Hall" lines No. 1 and 11 and "Pont Marie" line no. 7
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  • On our second trip to Paris, my husband and I met a couple in a restaurant in the Latin quarter, engaged a very good conversation, and we proposed that the acompanaramos to a church, and I can assure that the songs I heard at that place seemed of angels. So as we had this wonderful experience, which does not forget ever, and on my next trip, for Easter 2017, without a doubt, I will go.
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  • Go to the 11 AM Sunday mass here. You won't be disappointed. Great organ playing and a congregation who sings the mass. Not being Catholic nor French detracts from the beauty and sanctity of the servi...  more »