Sunday, September 25, 2011

Église Réformée du Marais


This Renaissance structure was constructed by Mansart between 1632 and 1634 under the direction of François de Sales and Jeanne de Chantal.  Originally, it was the old Marais parish church known as the Saint-Marie Temple.  Spared during the Revolution, it was converted into a Protestant church in 1802.  It has a variety of Protestant Sunday services in French, Japanese, Arabic, and a service labeled Afro-Carribbean.

When I took this photo, it was for the large doors of red, but in reading about this church I feel compelled to return when it is open.  There are tours one Sunday each month.

Bon dimanche


Église Réformée du Marais
17, rue Saint-Antoine
75004, Paris

30 comments:

Rob-bear said...

There are some non-Roman-Catholic Churches in France. And you've shown us a great one.
Thank you, Genie.

Pierre BOYER said...

Je ne connaissais pas cette église...
Bon dimanche !

Pierre
http://pierre-boyer.blogspot.com/

Shell Sherree said...

The red doors are a wonderful choice with the black roofs and cupolas. I'm not sure if they were consciously trying to be chic ~ but they are. Happy Sunday, dear Genie.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

My first thought when I clicked was 'wow fantastic door' but I like the semi-simplicity of the whole church, will be very interesting to see if it's very ornate inside. Had to laugh Genie, one of the comments on my yesterdays post was 'ack' love that sound and so appropriate haha!

Julie said...

I have found that the churches that have converted from catholicism to protestantism, have been stripped of any flourish.

Pet said...

An Afro-Caribbean Church in Paris, that's a bit of a change :-) and an imposing building.

Joe said...

Wow. What an impressive structure. Wouldn't it be great to get up inside that dome and peer out the windows?

dive said...

Gorgeous, Genie. The Marais is a wonderful maze of surprises and delights.

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

It is so beautiful and romantic. It make syou mind wonder into the Lands of far far away. :-)))Thank you so very much for sharing it with me. What a great way to start Sunday!

Cildemer said...

Un très beau cliché d'une merveilleuse église!
J'attends avec impatience de voir tes clichés de l'intérieur.

***
Bises et beau dimanche, Genie***

ps: Bravo pour avoir remarqué la récurrence d'un certain motif dans la déco de la villa Bergeret. En effet, le thème des ornements de cette villa est la monnaie du pape;o)

Birdman said...

I too would like to stroll inside.

Konstantin said...

Cool photo. Yeah, but what about inside? :)

Halcyon said...

Paris is certainly not lacking in beautiful churches. You've found us another example. I really like the reddish door too! :)

Virginia said...

This is a wonderful church to see. Mary and I stepped in on Fete de la Musique while a gospel choir was rehearing, in French! There are some beautiful cherub faces gracing the unusual windows.
http://paristhroughmylens.blogspot.com/2010/07/gloria-sunday-paris-churces-series.html

My source called it Temple Sainte-Marie. Maybe I need to revisit that source!

V

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful old church! And interesting history! Love your capture and the red door! Great tour as always, Genie! Hope you've had a good weekend and enjoy a lovely evening, mon amie!

Hugs,
Sylvia

Rob and Mandy said...

An Afro-Caribbean service sounds very good!

Irredento Urbanita said...

The construction and style over the corner are so french and parisine, I would say that. Lovely.

Hugs

Valery

Barcelona Daily Photo

Fábio Martins said...

What a beautiful monument and the light is wonderful on this photo.

Jack said...

Suitable for an ecclesiastical architecture book, Genie. Who guarded the scene to keep tourists from strolling into view?

Randy said...

Visually stunning and what a treat for the eye with so many features.

Janey and Co. said...

Very nice. So is the weather!

Al said...

That's a beautiful old church!

Kate said...

Yes, do go back! I mistakenly read the Mansart as Mansard, looked him up and as a result learned a lot about Mansard roofs, another French origination.

kathrin said...

oh yes, I was there, and my post to this comes later ;-) have a great time my dear, big hugh <kathrin

Starman said...

We had an apartment just down the street. Every time we passed, it was closed.

Ninny said...

Beautiful architecture, and I can't imagine living around such antiquity!

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Paris Paul said...

A good angle for this shot---and for the history. Thanks, Genie!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Genie, this church just takes my breath away... I love the architecture.
Thank you so much for your visit and kind thoughts of Aimee. I am so happy you enjoyed her.
Blessings,
Penny

Holly said...

Mom, sorry to be late with the comment - but isn't this the church where we saw the wedding leaving when we were in Paris with John and staying at the apartment in Bastille? I looked at the map and it's pretty close, and I thought that it had red doors...we have a photo somewhere I think.