Sunday, June 26, 2011

Église Saint Roch - unveiled

If you have been visiting my blog regularly, you know that Église Saint Roch holds a place in my heart. It is the first thing you see when you wake up each morning from Janeen's apartment and hear the pealing of the church bells.

When Marie and I were in Paris in April, we entered the church just before the evening Palm Sunday service. I knew that there were
two organs in St Roch but to my surprise we discovered the third, a small organ contained in a large cabinet. The organist opened the doors of the organ to release the full sound in the circular space of the apse.

I felt as if we had discovered a treasure.

Bon dimanche

Église Saint Roch
Rue St. Roch et Rue St-Honoré


Rob-bear said...

Encore Église Saint Roch, et encore une photo intéressante.
The organist seems very focused on what he is playing.
Bon dimanche, Génie!

Richard said...

Je comprends qu'avec ton amie, vous vous soyez senties transportées. Un moment merveilleux. Seulement pour vous.
Bon dimanche, Genie!

lilabraga said...

how fabulous!!! so glad for you!
you have a very sweet blog,so full of gorgeous images!

This is Belgium said...

What a great feeling it must have been to think you discovered a true treasure.. and maybe you did... how many people know about these three organs in St Roch?
Treasure or not, I think the picture is magnificent ... even though you do not see the face of the organist, it is true, as Rob-bear says, that you can sense his concentration through your capture, a sign of your photographic skills.
Bon dimanche de Bruxelles

Forest Dream Weaver said...

A wonderful description Genie,your words and image brings us into the presence of this space,and of course you did indeed discover a treasure,no doubt long to be remembered.

Bon dimanche!

Hana de Prague said...

Gorgeous photo, Genie!
I have never been at St-Roch, next time when I am in Paris I will go to see it!
Bon dimanche
Hana de Prague

Virginia said...

Ahh, this is a wonderful discovery! Love the composition of this one Genie. Superbe!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How marvelous Genie, I can just imagine your delight in this discovery,I hope the rest of your day that Sunday was just as exciting!

Starman said...

I awoke to church bells and someone playing a violin ce matin.

Irredento Urbanita said...

It's a treasure. I hope you can visit Barcelona, you will love it, I am sure of that.



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Randy said...

This photo has a very peaceful feeling to it.

M said...

It truly was a treasured discovery! And how delightful to hear him playing familiar hymns on Palm Sunday! I will always treasure our time of worship there. Bon dimanche!

Louis la Vache said...

Ah! «Louis» did not know about the third organ in St. Roch. He agrees with you that this church is a gem. He remembers walking down rue Saint-Honoré and peering into the church during a wedding. The couple was to leave in a restored Citroën Traction-Avant waiting for them on the street.

Jojo said...

Oh how beautiful to hear the sounds of the hidden music.

Alexa said...

Yes, you DID discover quite a treasure! And trust that romantic Louis la Vache to come upon a wedding and notice the car waiting to whisk the bride and groom away. :~}

Jack said...

When you complete a place with your own discoveries, it is even more rewarding, isn't it?

James said...

What a treasure indeed. Wonderful perspective.

Kristin said...

This photo holds so much atmosphere I can't stop looking at it! Have a great new week!

TheChieftess said...

What a wonderful experience and memory...and a superb photo!!!

Bigfish said...

Given your fondness for Saint Roch, check out this VERY French music I found on YouTube.