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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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  • 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 lon...  more »
  • The church Our Lady of the Val de Grace Hospital is built in the style of Baroque architecture. Built on the order of Queen Anne of Austria, wife of Louis XIII: Queen Anne made a vow to the Virgin Mary to conceive an heir to the Crown and to cope with this vote ordered the construction of this beautiful church. The Church is designated as one of the most beautiful churches in France. Both the façade and the Interior is inspired by the style of Roman churches; the Interior is a longitudinal plan, is characterized by an imposing nave and side chapels; Note the beautiful dome and altar canopy, pointing to the one by Bernini in St Peter's in Rome. The entrance is free of charge. The Church is located at place Laveran, a beautiful square and oval-shaped, which having regard to its grandeur, is dominated by the Church itself. Even if you're not interested in getting into the Church, saw the admission fee, I recommend the same a ride to see the grandeur of the Church from the outside and the beautiful oval Plaza!
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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 »