Sunday, June 9, 2013

Église Saint-Merri

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Église Saint-Merri

This church was constructed between 1500 and 1550 
in a style called "Gothic flamboyant."  
Surviving the French Revolution is the oldest bell in Paris, 
cast in 1331.  (That is not a typo... 1331!!)

This church was reported as a site of the 1832 barricades 
fighting in a republican uprising against the July Monarchy.  
I will be going back to my unabridged Les Miserables to look for clues.

bon dimanche

Église Saint-Merri
76, rue de la Verrerie
75004, Paris


Joe said...

Wow. Gothic Flamboyant is such a fabulous description of this architecture. The neighboring artwork seems to suggest the Church holds a secret. Perhaps it holds many.

Starman said...

WE passed this so many times, but I don't think we ever entered.

Cezar and Léia said...

Interesting "sign" asking for silence in the church... :)
God bless you!

Louise said...

1331 is quite extraordinary isn't it? I love that painting next door too.

c'est Jeff ici said...

I love the bizarre fountain next to this old church!

Jeanie said...

Oh, please tell me if you find clues! This was only a few blocks from where Rick and I stayed at our friend's apartment and since he's such a Les Mis fan, I'd love to be able to share that! My first visit to this church was four years ago and I found it just beautiful.

Paulita said...

I love the building art to the right of the church. What a juxtaposition! Great history. My daughter is in a production of Les Miserables and she'll love to see a photo of a church that was part of the barricades.

M said...

The intricate stonework of the windows is the epitome of Gothic Flamboyant ... much like the tower of the Chartres Cathedral! I am always amazed at the skill and craftsmanship that went into these fabulous buildings! I would love to hear that ancient bell toll!!!

Jack said...

The huge face on the right complements the intricate facade of the church. Nice image, Genie.

Randy said...

Love that mural.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Jeff, I was almost standing in the fountain to get this shot.

Jack, the face seen in juxtaposition with the church is a bit whimsical. Glad you like it.

Jeanie, I will tell you the reference to the church if I can find it.

Louise, put this one on your list and spend some time in one of the cafés watching the fountain and people.

Have a great week, all.


Rob-bear said...

So very interesting, as always, Genie.

Bon dimanche!

Blessings and Bear hugs!
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Daryl said...

i love that mural .. and the church aint bad either ;)