Sunday, December 18, 2011

Église Notre Dame de Lorette

There has been much said about the gaudy interior of Notre Dame de Lorette, but I found it elegant, adorned with 19th Century art and a Cavaille-Col grand organ. 
The painter Eugene Delacroix lived nearby and was christened here in 1840.

The other stories of this large church refer to the "kept women" of the surrounding neighborhood.  Many wealthy men of this period had mistresses as well as wives and it is said that all attended Sunday services. 

Interesting, n'est-ce pas? 
That little fact was not included in the church literature I picked up in November.

bon dimanche

Église Notre Dame de Lorette
18, bis rue de Chateaudun
75009 Paris



Starman said...

Don't remember having been there, but don't rule it out. Bon Dimanche.

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

I haven't explored enough of Paris' churches. Of course, your blog always helps me to do so. This one is gorgeous, like the others too. How funny to think that all the mistresses and wives were all together at Church each week. Awkward!

Sylvia K said...

Great post as always, love your capture of the cathedral and love the story of the mistresses and wives! Awkward indeed, but what a hoot! Hope your weekend is going well, Genie! Enjoy!


lajeunecaptive said...

In what Parisian neighborhood do you think the "kept women" are nowadays?

Great post!

lajeunecaptive said...

In what Parisian neighborhood do you think the "kept women" are nowadays?

Great post!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

It's beautiful.......looks more like an art museum than a church!

Bon dimanche Genie,

Cezar and Léia said...

I think from your blog it would be possible to put up a tour of impressive Parisian churches... Never guessed there were so many! Thanks for sharing the beauty!
God bless you!

Virginia said...

I wonder if they shared the same pew? :)
I like this church. I was getting some much needed repair when we went in Jan. '10.

martinealison said...

Je reste captivée et admirative... Gros bisous

Palomasea said...

I love a little Delacroix! But more is better ;))
Thanks for the fun tidbit!
Beautiful, as always, dear Genie...
A blessed Sunday to you,
- Irina

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I bet that wasn't included in the info Genie, how hilarious! Beautiful details here, I do love your Sunday churches, beautiful details, I definitely would not say gaudy.

Kris said...

I don't think it looks gaudy, I think it is beautiful. Do you think the wives knew which mistress was who's?


Jack said...

Did the services have intermissions so the guys could shift pews? There is a lot going on in this decoration.

Sharon Creech said...

Astounding, the lush detail! Bon dimanche . .

TheChieftess said...


Hana de Prague said...

Great photo, Genie!
Have a nice week!
Bises Hana

Randy said...

Beautiful place and artwork.