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Val-de-Grâce, Paris
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The '' is a military hospital located at in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.HistoryThe church of the was built by order of Queen Anne of Austria, wife of Louis XIII. After the birth of her son Louis XIV, Anne (previously childless after 23 years of marriage) showed her gratitude to the Virgin Mary by building a church on the land of a Benedictine convent. Louis XIV himself is said to have laid the cornerstone for the in a ceremony that took place April 1, 1645, when he was seven years old.The church of the Val-de-Grâce, designed by and, is considered by some as Paris's best example of baroque architecture (curving lines, elaborate ornamentation, and harmony of different elements). Construction began in 1645, and was completed in 1667.The Benedictine nuns provided medical care for injured revolutionaries during the French Revolution, and thus the church at was spared much of the desecration and vandalism that plagued other, more famous Paris churches. As a result, the church's exquisite interior is one of the few unspoiled remnants of Paris's pre-Revolution grandeur. Following the Revolution, the buildings were converted into a military hospital.Currently, the original buildings only serve for offices and teaching facilities; the actual medical facilities are inside a large modern building to the east on the same grounds.
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  • I have been to Paris before and was unaware this church existed. It is a very beautiful domed Catholic Church steeped in history. Attached a military museum and located to the military hospital. Well ...  more »
  • The Abbey of Val de Grace, based on the initiative of Anne of Austria (wife of Louis XIII) and mother of Louis XIV is a site to visit. The Baroque Frauenkirche is remarkable with its four-poster bed (which is reminiscent of the Vatican), his beautiful high altar, its splendid ceiling, its organs. You can admire paintings of Philippe de Champaigne. The cloister and huge classic. All around the rooms dedicated to the health service of the armies, hard teaching collections on Museum property scenographiees. The room devoted to the pharmacology is unique with its collection of pots.
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  • The Abbey of the Valley of Grace was founded by Anne of Austria, wife of Louis XIII and Queen of France. The Royal Chapel is a jewel of baroque art, copied from St. Peter in Rome, with its spiral pillars and painted dome. The whole was preserved from the Vandals to the Revolution because transformed into a military hospital. The site is occupied for 200 years by the armed forces medical service, with his school and his Museum very impressive. Moving evocation of "broken hangovers" of war and the dedication of the medical officers in all conflicts. The modern hospital built in the 1970s ceases its activity in June 2016, but the school and the Museum remain. Less well-known (and invaded of tourists) as the Sainte Chapelle or invalids, and yet must see.
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