Sunday, February 6, 2011

Illumination - Église Saint-Eustache




When you first walk inside this magnificent church you are overwhelmed by her size, but as you take time to discover little details you will appreciate the elegance of her accessories.





Bon dimanche





Église Saint-Eustache
2, impasse Saint-Eustache

25 comments:

RICHARD MOISAN said...

Tu as raison, Genie: La plupart du temps, quand nous visitons les églises, nous regardons surtout l'architecture, mais les détails sont souvent très intéressants car ce sont eux qui la personnalisent. Et puis, on peut imaginer tout ce qui a pu se passer à travers tous les siècles écoulés...
Bon dimanche!

Louis la Vache said...

Vraiment, Genie!
Saint-Eustache is large enough to be a cathedral. If «Louis'» recollection is correct, Saint-Eustache is larger than Nôtre-Dame.

European Chic said...

Lovely photo of a detail I've never really noticed myself.

weekend et coup de brosse said...

St Eustache, j'adore cette église il y a quelques années mes bureaux étaient juste à coté, et très souvent le midi à l'heure du déjeuner, je me rendais dans cette église, je ne sais pas si je priais à chaque fois mais je me sentais bien en y allant, comme ressourcée de mille merveilleuses ondes positives, je ne sais pas comment expliquer cela !

Cezar and Léia said...

Genie, chérie...c'est idée est parfaite, j'aime beaucoup un angle comme ça.
Superbe photo!
bises
Léia

Malyss said...

Your picture gives a strong depth to the place and even a kind of vertigo!So impressive!
Bon dimanche, chère amie!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, just beautiful! It would be so easy to overlook details in a place like this! XX!

Cynthia said...

Lovely, I love this Church and they have free organ pipe concerts on Sundays!

Jojo said...

I love being able to go into a church such as this just to sit for a while to enjoy the silence. A moment of reverence. There are so few still moments in our days that it makes me appreciate the beauty, both seen and unseen.

Alexa said...

The expression "God is in the details" would seem to apply here, Genie! I've been blown away by the lighting in churches before, but you really got me this time. Bon dimanche!

M said...

Magnifique! The details are exquisite -- and too many to list. Is it the crown-shaped lamps, the leaf detail on the arms or the intricate globes that make the light fixture so unique? Ahh, but it is the angle and the juxtaposition of the lamps and the columns and the ceiling and the arches and the stain-glass windows and ...

Miss Sadie said...

Ah, back to your favourite church, Genie. Très bien.

Another truly "enlightening" picture.

Thanks, et bon dimanche!

Virginia said...

Marvelous shot Genie. Thisis indeed one of the most beautiful in Paris. The light is spectacular as well.
V

Kristin said...

Oooh, that is gorgeous! So enchanting!

Randy said...

These are great but my eyes are really drawn to the windows.

Cildemer said...

Très beau chandelier et une hauteur vertigineuse des arches de cette église!
Merci pour ce très joli cliché, Genie;o)

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BISOUS et BELLE semaine****

Dianne said...

The lights are just so opulent - imagine being there at night - magnifique!!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

This is gasp worthy Genie. I love your shot, and also - what you have written beneath it. It seems to me that Paris has many beautiful accessories :)

Jack said...

This is a wonderfully ornate fixture, isn't it? Alexa's comment about God is in the details got me thinking. The author of the quote is Mies Van Der Rohe, a famous modern architect, and yet his style was very spare in contrast with this more elaborate church and fixture. I wonder what he had in mind.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Richard -- Je suis d'accord parce que j'aime bien l'architecture mais comme (un?) photographe, on a besoin de voir les détails. Comme ça je suis bien. Merci (et pardonne-moi mon français)

Louis -- I believe that you are correct and the organ is the largest in all of France (larger than Nôtre Dame)

Euro-Chic -- Often our eyes "see" but the camera lens notices and remembers

Weekend et cdb -- J'adore cette église aussi et je pense que tu as eu de la chance avec tes bureaux à coté... Le déjeuner de temps en temps dans l'endroit-ci, c'était merveilleuse. (I understand just how one cannot explain the peace and sense of well-being such an experience would bring) -- Wonderful story, merci!

Léia -- Merci, mes amis! L'angle est necessaire... L'église est grande et je suis petit. Beaucoup de photos a un angle comme ça par conséquent!

Malyss -- Merci, yes, and the mirror photo gave me vertigo for sure! Have a bonne semaine, mon amie!

Shari -- Merci, nice to see you today, my friend!

Cynthia -- I should definitely make one of those on my next trip!

Jojo -- I always take some moments sitting to absorb the loveliness of the churches... For me, it would seem irreverent not to. Thank you for coming...

Alexa -- I think that is definitely the case here. As I said on my last post, these were the only three hours of sunlight and I an thankful that it was worth spending much of it here taking photos. Merci beaucoup.

Marie -- We'll come here together next time we are in Paris... You would love the organ

Miss Sadie -- Now, I do not know about "favorite" - I have no problem declaring other favorites but selecting the favorite church would truly be difficult. Merci, mon petit chien et bon dimanche à toi.

Virginia -- Merci, V

Kristin -- Merci... have a great week ahead, my friend.

Sara Louise said...

Amazing! The size is impressive, the light, beautiful!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Ah yes St Eustace I remember well. It's in Les Halles, the site of the old market and when we were there Oct 2009 it was dressed in scaffolding while having her make-over! Still awe inspiring nonetheless - I so wish I could pop in there tonight and enjoy illumination!
Thank you Genie you made my day!
hugs
Shane

JM said...

This is wonderfully composed, Genie. Beautiful shot.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Randy -- Oh, I will treat your eyes then on another day...

Cildemer -- Ah, les chandeliers sont élégant et les arches ont une 'hauteur vertigineuse' -- Merci, et merci pour l'aide des mots justes

Dianne -- I have not been there at night but need to do so.

Brittany -- Merci and I totally agree!

Jack -- What a resource you are... Thanks for the author of the quote. I think that the details in this church would be very pleasing to Him.

Shane -- Merci, and it should please you to know that most, if not all, of the scaffolding has been removed. The front looks quite scrubbed.

Sara -- Merci, mon amie!

Starman said...

The bulbs almost look like grapes.