Sunday, February 26, 2012

Église Saint-Louis-en-l'Île


The seventeenth century church on the island of Saint Louis was dedicated to Saint-Louis, Louis IX, King of France.  The ornate Baroque style interior is in stark contrast to the somber exterior.

Although one may imagine this organ as a centuries-old masterpiece, it has a more recent history.  It was made by Aubertin in 2004 (51 stops, 69 ranks) and blends seamlessly with the surrounding periods.  As with many Paris churches there are multiple organs, and I will show you the chancel organ on another Sunday post.

So, before you stop in Berthillon for an ice cream, wander east on Rue St. Louis to see this magnificent church.  You will notice the high, large clock which stands out as you look down the street.


bon dimanche





Église Saint-Louis-en-l'Île
19 bis, rue St Louis en l'Île
75004 Paris

 

20 comments:

Joe said...

These pipes are gleaming Genie. It would magnificent to hear them in action. Good choice to go with B&W.

Rob-bear said...

Trés interessant, Genie.

Bon dimanche!

Sylvia K said...

How beautiful, Genie!! It would indeed be fantastic to hear them in action! Wonderful B&W for the day! Hope your weekend is going well, mon amie!

Hugs
Sylvia

Louis la Vache said...

Oh, this makes «Louis» wish he could quickly return to Paris! He lived near this church, on the rive droit, rue-Saint-Antoine - and, yes, he would love to visit Berthillion again!

Riet said...

I love church organs and this one is beautiful. I also hope it is playing when I visit the church.
Have a nice Sunday.

La Brocanteuse said...

I agree with previous comments, would love to hear it play! I will def put in on my list for Paris next time. When we travel,my daughter has an obsession about finding a cathedral a day to light a candle. The first time she visited Paris , she was 18 mnths old and we took her to the Sacre Cour,..she kneeled down and like a little angel held her hands together in prayer..it caused quite a reaction around us, it was so adorable.When we came out, there were people waiting outside to take a picture of her, to remind them of her little pose inside.perhaps that is where it started..her need to enter daily for her little ritual.Even if it means climbing countless stairs to get there. I will surprise her with this masterpiece!
Colx

Siddhartha Joshi said...

I really liked the shot...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Beautifully shown in B&W Genie, a magnificent organ.

Cezar and Léia said...

Delighted to know that there's someone still building such masterpieces as this organ!
God bless you!
Cezar

M said...

I agree with Cezar and Leia --- it is wonderful that someone is still making such masterpieces! I love the trumpeting angels at the top and wonder if they are actual working pipes. How I wish I could hear it playing ... Perhaps next time ...

Harriet said...

What a great photo. And a great addition to your Sunday church series.

Kris said...

What a huge organ! HUGE!

Birdman said...

I'd love to hear these pipes!

Starman said...

There are a couple of very nice restaurants on Île Saint-Louis.

Erika said...

Magnifique!!! Passe une belle soirée chère Genie.
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Elizabeth Eiffel said...

I love this part of Paris - so intimate. The organ looks fabulous in black and white. Bisous

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

I love this part of Paris - so intimate. The organ looks fabulous in black and white. Bisous

Jack said...

Now, THAT is an organ!

Palomasea said...

Incredible...and to hear a little Bach coming from that beauty!
I loved adorable Oskar, by the way :)
xoxo,
- Irina

Louise said...

What? There is something to do there besides go to Berthillon? Everytime I see one of your Sunday church photos I realise that I should just try to stop in at whichever church I happen to be passing.... They are all gorgeous.