Sunday, February 5, 2012

Église Saint-Ephrem Le-Syriaque


This is as close as I could get to Église Saint-Ephren Le-Syriaque and had to shoot from behind the iron gates.

As you can see from the poster this church is often filled with music and is known for its classical concerts.  According to the signs, there is a regular Mass on Sundays.  The first church edifice was built here in 1334, the second in 1685, and the one standing on the site today is the third built in 1733.



Here is a link to the concert schedule for 2012.

bon dimanche



Église Saint-Ephrem Le-Syriaque
15, rue des Carmes
75005, Paris


20 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a marvelous building and history! Being from such a young country, I am always amazed at the age of so many of the sites in Europe and I did love being able to visit them and learn more of their history. Terrific post as always, Genie! Hope your weekend is going well! Enjoy!

Hugs
Sylvia

Virginia said...

You didn't let an iron gate keep you from sneaking in did you?? I always wonder why I don't schedule a concert in a church on each visit. We had the Église Saint-Roch right there at the apt. and as Peter found, they had a concert from a Mongolian choir there that very week! So much to see, so little time!
V

Cezar and Léia said...

Wow, only top-notch music!
God bless you!
Cezar

AL said...

I really like the shape of this church, but I can't work out what that is on the circular part on top of the slender columns. Any ideas Genie?

M said...

I have the same question as Al ... Is that what remains of one of the older churches? Would love to hear some of that music (I bet they have a great concert for fête de la musique!). Bon dimanche chère Genie.

Harriet said...

I have walked past this eglise many times on my way to a favorite restaurant at the top of the hill - Les Fêtes Galantes. Having the photo gives me the time to linger, whereas when I'm there, I haven't taken the time to savor the details. Thanks for all of the history.

Janey and Co. said...

I learn so much reading your blog. Thanks Genie.

I too have the same question as M and Al. Could that have been saved from the previous churches?

arabesque said...

quite different from your usual church, because of the one in front. like them, i can't make out if this has any significance or just part of an old structure.
anyway, the fact that you went behind the fence is already a big attempt.
it is a good foto.
i'd definitely visit this the next time i'm around. ^0^

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh I bet a classical concert here would be incredible, the acoustics should be perfect!!

Birdman said...

A building with HISTORY!... and music.

Starman said...

There are so many concerts in Paris. Many are free, while some places charge a small fee. I think my favorite was at la Madelaine.

Jack said...

It is a tough choice: stay for a concert or dash off to take more pictures. Gee, why aren't we twins?

Randy said...

What a wonderful concert series.

Alexa said...

My fave place to enjoy a concert is a beautiful church like this one—merci, mon amie!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Harriet, I have noted your restaurant for the next trip!

Al, and others... I am researching the front of the church and will let you know in a comment here.

Holly and I had a church concert tagged for our visit in January for Telemann and Bach pieces (Ensemble Les Muses Galantes) but found ourselves too far away on a Saturday afternoon. Tant pis pour nous.

Bises,
Genie

Oakland Daily Photo said...

It was a revelation to me to attend a concert in a church. At the time the notion seemed exotic and strange. Now it's de rigeur. But still wonderful.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

There was a coat of arms (les armoiries) above the door which was made in 1794. In the centuries since, it has been removed or destroyed. Here is a link and I would be interested to have any additional information that might be found.

http://www.paris.catholique.fr/Saint-Ephrem-des-Syriaques.html

Merci~
Genie

Kris said...

Beautiful architecture! I love the door.

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