Sunday, July 25, 2010

Église Saint-Séverin -- Les Cierges


Although this scene would have you believe that this is a dark, dimly lighted church, Saint-Séverin is diverse with ancient windows from the 14th century and these contemporary abstract windows in the apse chapels which were created in 1970. Depending on the season and time of day, you can see the total spectrum of light and dark. You will be amazed at the twisted pillars which some say look like palm trees. This church has a wealth of interesting features and I will bring you here again.
Église Saint-Séverin can be found in the 5th arrondisement, on rue Saint-Séverin.

13 comments:

Virginia said...
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Virginia said...

Oh this is a favorite of mine as well Genie. Those more contemporary windows are just a wonoderful backdrop for the columns you described. How did I miss these lovely candles?
V

MadAboutParis said...

Genie...is the the LQ church that has a really deep "hole" in the apse end? If so, do you know what the hole is all about?

M said...

Call me "traditional", call me "old fashioned", I too loved Saint-Severin but I like the original stained glass windown better than the modern ones! This is truly a church with something for everyone. Great phot Genie -- the candles in the foreground are beautiful!

Alexa said...

This is just lovely, Genie—I feel like I'm right there. (Am incapable of entering a church without a) lighting a candle and b) taking a picture of it.)

jb said...

"and I will bring you here again"

But does it have a swimming pool...?

James said...

Very nice!
I visit Saint Séverin every time I go to Paris. I like the exterior too

FireintheBreeze (Brittany) said...

It seems so peaceful and beautiful; thanks for sharing.

Starman said...

I like the candles.

Genie said...

Starman -- moi aussi

Brittany -- As I remember it was both cool and quiet

James -- It seems that if I visit with a friend or two they will point out something I have missed on previous visits

jb -- uh, no but we can go to Paris Plage

Alexa -- Merci, and I did not notice the painting in the background until I got ready to post this photo -- a nice surprise for me

M -- I almost always prefer the ancient glass to the more modern but these almost have an impressionist/watercolor feel about them

Mad -- I'll get back with you on this.....

Virginia -- You do not miss much, mon amie!

Genie said...

Mad -- I believe that you are thinking about Église Saint-Sulpice (6ème arr) and the Dan Brown novel The Da Vinci Code. Many tourists have knocked on the floors, searching for hollow spaces and the "keystone" revealing the location of the Holy Grail.

Virginia said...

Don't listen to JB, he's ........ a trip!! :)

JM said...

The light is awesome!