Sunday, November 4, 2012

Église Saint-Laurent



Église Saint-Laurent


Built on a historical site, this church has been built and rebuilt over the centuries.  In the sixth century this site was the location of a church, monastery and gardens, and has maintained its religious focus.  The basic building seen in the photo dates from 1621 and has seen many individual architectural embellishments in the past 400 years.  Under Napoleon III, a Gothic façade was added by the architect Constant-Dufeux.


I will bring you back for the exquisite details of the interior of this active church.


bon dimanche


Église Saint-Laurent
68, boulevard de Magenta
75010, Paris
Métro Gare de l'Est

14 comments:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Genie:
We are fascinated by the confection of architectural styles which seem to make up the Église Saint Laurent. It has certainly undergone many changes itself and one can only marvel at the many changes which have occurred in Paris throughout the lifetime of this very venerable building.

We are intrigued that you have chosen black and white for the image. It suits it perfectly.

martinealison said...

Je suis toujours émerveillée par l'architecture de nos églises... Il faut aussi nous replonger dans cette époque où tout n'était pas aussi facile que de nos jours...
Gros bisous à toi ma chère.

Melissa said...

Sixth century, wow! Such an amazing history!

Starman said...

WE passed it often on the way to Gare de l'Est.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

The lace effects are interesting beside the modern buildings.....they make the church look even more ornate.

Bon dimanche Genie!
Ruby

Mike said...
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Mike said...

I like the design of the building.

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Loree said...

It has a Gothic feel about it but it's interesting that the current structure was built in the 1600s.

Alexa said...

There is a lot going on here, architecturally. Looking forward to your shots of the interior, Genie.

Speedway said...

Yay! You're back!

The balck-and-white makes this picture look like it's from one of my old art history texts - not that anything to do with church architecture took hold. Looking forward to seeing images from inside, as some info about stained glass did stick. Just a bit. :-)

M said...

Love the detail in this church and photo!!

Janey and Co. said...

Wonderful building!

Happy that you are back. I feel like you have been in the penalty box!

Mary said...

Hmm.. the sixth century. I'm trying to picture what it looked like then. I love history. love love love it! This church is beautiful too. Can't wait to 'step' inside through your photos. :)

Lisa Graham Art said...

There are probably many fantastic stories that could be told about that church...weddings, funerals, services and all the different people involved at each. What an incredible structure.