Sunday, February 23, 2014

Église Saint-Louis en l'Île

Église Saint-Louis en l'Île

It was first a parish chapel.  
In 1642 Louis XIV decided to build a larger church 
based on plans prepared by François Le Vau, 
and  it was dedicated to St. Louis. 
The organ is magnificent and I will show it in a future post.

This Jesuit-styled church is considered to be
a perfect example of 17th century French Baroque.

bon dimanche

(linking to inSPIRED Sunday)

Église Saint-Louis en l'Île
Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île
Saint-Louis en l'Île
75004, Paris


William Kendall said...

It is a magnificent sanctuary.

Tamera said...

C'est magnifique!

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Genie,

The soaring magnitude of this building is wonderful. It must be so uplifting to be inside this marvellous space. Perfectly lovely.

Hoping that you are enjoying a happy and restful weekend.

Thank you for your warmly welcoming comment. It is good to be back!

Revrunner said...

Made me go back and reread a little biographical info on ol' Louis. Interesting how he was apparently able to maintain a regular devotional life even as he was transforming himself into the "Sun King". :-)

Cezar and Léia said...

My dear friend Genie, this picture is spectacular, love the beautiful altar with all wonderful lights! The columns are lovely as well!
Happy Sunday,

M said...

Stunning!!! I love the way the light is coming through that magnificent stained glass window and all the gold touches reflecting the natural and lamp light, as well. Bon dimanche et merci Louis :)

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic capture of an incredible place! I love the light, the stained glass! Thanks for sharing the beauty, Genie, as always!

The Greenockian said...


Jeanie said...

One of my favorite Parisian churches, but I have never seen it in this lighting -- only the colder light of day. Beautiful photo, Genie.

Alexa said...

First time I entered this church (so unprepossessing from the outside), I was stunned to find this magnificent interior. Well captured, Genie!

megi said...

GRANDIOS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


RedPat said...


Birdman said...

Did 4 years with the Jesuits here in Maine. Love small chapels too.

Bill Nicholls said...

Nice looking church

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

yeah, happy dance for me ... why? i am super excited that you are joining us this week for InSPIREd Sunday. we would love to have ya any time you are available to link up. i have been sharing your churches from the past several times. i just love your travels. i really do enjoy!! i can't wait to travel overseas. the architecture is just amazing & i drool within in my mind each time. have a great week!! ( :

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» is delighted to see that you linked this with the inSPIREd Sunday meme. He knows this church as he lived just across the Seine from it. Echoing what Alexa wrote, one would never guess from the exterior what a gem this church is.

Jack said...

Wow! How impressive.