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Saint Etienne du Mont
08-SEP-2012

Saint Etienne du Mont

In 1541, Guy, Bishop of Megara, blessed the altars of the chapels of the apse. The same year, the parish awarded contracts for the windows and statues from Parisian artisans. The nave, from the Renaissance period, was not hunched before 1584. The first stone of the facade was laid in 1610 by Marguerite de Valois, who had agreed to do so in a personal donation of 3000 pounds.
The church was dedicated on February 25, 1626 by Jean-François de Gondi, first archbishop of Paris, Cardinal de Retz's uncle. Nevertheless, developments continued: in 1636, the organ was installed, the work of Pierre Pescheur.
In 1651, a new pulpit was installed. It was also adjusted for the local wardens and housing for the priests.
During the 17th and 18th century, the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont enjoyed great prestige. It was the scene of great processions where the shrine of Sainte-Genevieve went to Notre Dame and subsequently returned to his church. It also housed the remains of Pierre Perrault, the father of the author of Tales, the painter Eustache Le Sueur and Blaise Pascal. Those of Racine and Isaac de Sacy Lemaistre were also transferred in 1711 from Port-Royal in Saint-Etienne.

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André Bessot23-Jul-2013 08:14
That will be a next visit because I do not know this church, thank you Jose.
Walter O. Koenig07-Oct-2012 17:47
Great details on this ornate interior view. The stairways are most unusual. Very interesting to see this. "V"
Gervan19-Sep-2012 16:36
Beautiful interior in nice symmetry. Unfortunately I missed this during my
recent stay in Paris. V.
Denise J T Lee18-Sep-2012 22:54
This is a must-see on my next trip to Paris. Thanks for inspiring me.
Nirvan Hope17-Sep-2012 22:04
Beautiful architectural composition showing the details.
ac16-Sep-2012 14:43
Very interesting subject and comments.
Dennis Hoyne15-Sep-2012 02:42
What an outstanding example of great architecture.
George15-Sep-2012 01:20
Beautiful composition, the detail is excelent! V
Russell Tunny14-Sep-2012 23:36
They don't build them like they used to! Great image & appreciate the effort to add the text to give context to the image. V!
Carl H. Johnson13-Sep-2012 02:45
Great find and presentation Jose!!!!~V~
Frank Tran13-Sep-2012 01:44
Nice POV with great details. V+
Peter Sussex12-Sep-2012 19:59
I am just thinking whether I have seen such a rich and marvelous interior at all. This is awesome. V
bill friedlander12-Sep-2012 19:43
What a magnificent interior! Excellent capture! I like the spiral staircases on either side. V
Helen Betts12-Sep-2012 19:37
I like the symmetry here as well as your POV. Beautiful church as well! V.
Ceya12-Sep-2012 19:24
Fantastic architecture with lovely decorations. Excellent capture, beautiful light, great composition and detail. V
Jim Coffman12-Sep-2012 19:13
What a beautiful interior!!
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