Sunday, October 17, 2010

Eglise Saint Roch

Saint Roch is the largest Late Baroque church in Paris, completed in the 18th Century. At the time of the French Revolution, Saint Roch was at the heart of the action and was itself the scene of many shootings, which left their imprint on the facade. This church is easily identified by the two different styles of columns and the initials "SR" at the top of the church.

Two interesting facts: Marquis de Sade was married here in 1763 and among the many tombs you will find Denis Diderot.

Saint Roch
298, rue Saint Honore


14 comments:

Paris Paul said...

A revolutionary church at the period of the strikes...how apropos! Nice shot, Genie.

Rob-bear said...

Intriguing picture and nice bit of history, Genie. Merci.

Alexa said...

Bon dimanche, Genie. This is very beautiful—and very informative too. (Yikes—can you imagine being married to the Marquis de Sade?)

Starman said...

Interesting history.

Virginia said...

Alexa's comment has me chuckling. This is beautiful Genie, you'll have to take me there one day.
V

Birdman said...

Wow! The Marquis de Sade... interesting sidelight. ps as to your comment yesterday on my site(signs)... 'of course I planned it that way... wink, wink! hahahaha

Randy said...

I agree with Birdman, great little piece of history. Lovely photo too.

James said...

What cool shot and interesting info too. This church is very close to where we normally stay.

tvoiparis.com said...

We think that it was awful to be married with Marquise de Sade, but it is his wife who made him a prisonner of the Bastille Fortresse? I do not know the truth it is just a question.

Kellie Collis said...

Lovely architecture! It shouts grandeur and elegance. Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Paul -- I am traveling and have not heard how goes les greves -- Hope that you and Karin are faring well...

Bear -- Thank you. I always learn much when researching for my photos.

Alexa -- I really do not know much about the Marquis but had already decided that of all the interesting things about this church, his marriage here would be alerting. I wonder if they had kids?

Starman -- Merci -- Hope you are having a great time right now in Paris!

Virginia -- Yep, we'll go there next time as I want to take some photos inside the church

Birdman -- Merci -- That photo was a keeper for sure and I just knew you planned it that way.

Randy -- Merci beaucoup

James -- You will have to seek it out as the artworks and interior is lovely

tvoiparis -- You know, that is an interesting question and so I am off to find out more about the marquis. Благодарим Вас за посещение моего блога. Вы очень добры.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Kellis -- Merci, and I will visit your site soon.

Ninny said...

Beautiful picture, makes the church look huge and imposing! Europe has such ancient buildings compared to our United States and I find the history fascinating.

Liz

Harriet said...

I saw this church on my last visit. It is grand and your photo captures just that.