20.10.10

Saint Séverin

There are some 230 religious buildings in Paris, including mosques and different “temples”. The Roman Catholic churches are of course dominating – there are some 135. Here is another one, Saint Séverin, one of the oldest still around, situated in the Latin Quarter. The name of the church comes from a hermit who lived here during the 6th century. After his death a basilica was built - another one destroyed by the Vikings. The church we find today was commenced during the 11th century, but the major parts date from the 15th century which explains the late gothic architecture. It has a bell, which is the oldest in Paris, from 1412. Inside, there are some like palm tree looking pillars. Some of the stained glass windows are origin, but many have been added later, including some during the last century.

On the outside, the gargoyles are numerous and remarkable. On one side of the church there is a small square surrounded by some gothic niches. This is not what remains of an old monastery, but it used to be a graveyard – not in use today. The niches contained graves of “notables”; in the middle there was a mass grave.

30 comments:

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hello Peter , I have not been here !! Another for my list .. thanks ;-) Hope you are ok . Take care Anne

V Rakesh said...

Absolute masterpieces!

Olivier said...

une tres belle eglise parisienne, qui se trouve en plus dans un beau quartier

joanny said...

Stunning -- astounding master craftsmanship.

Joanny

Delphinium said...

Moi j'aime bien la photo avec les deux troncs et la statue dans le fond, cela donne un petit air gothique à l'ensemble. Il ne reste plus qu'à mettre de la zique, style le groupe "Elend" et on sera tout à fait dans l'ambiance. Bises mon cher ami.!!

Cezar and Léia said...

Thanks so much for this post, I'm taking my notes here, I would love to be there and take pictures.Magnificent!I specially love that collage with the garden, two huge trees, the arches so romantic...and the sculpture of Notre Dame!
Hugs
Léia

Mona said...

Gothic architecture is so fascinating! Its amazing what they used to build as early as that time!

The gargoyles in the first picture are spectacular, as are the stained glass!

Starman said...

Been there, but don't remember it.

Nathalie said...

Peter your first photo is just gorgeous. The warm autumn sunlight bathing the ocher-colored stone facade with its amazing arches, statues and ornaments... what a treat!

Paris Paul said...

A personal favorite of mine. I'm so glad you included the charnel houses!

Jeanie said...

Peter, I'm a tad behind and am enjoying catching up on both this and Cite Napoleon. I hope the strikes and protests aren't too much trouble for you. I have friends visiting now and another blog friend headed there very soon (this weekend, maybe?) I don't know if Becca of Becca's Byline stops by, but on her post today she was expressing great concern about her upcoming and first visit to Paris. I must send her to your link -- perhaps the beauty of these photos will help ease the anxiety.

Shionge said...

I've been charmed & mesmerized yet again Peter.

claude said...

Belle visite et merci pour le cours d'histoire.

Vagabonde said...

Merci pour toutes les belles photos. Je connais l’église St Séverin mais je n’y suis jamais entrée. Quand à la rue Rochechouart c’était près de notre appartement et j’ai pris plusieurs cafés au café-tabac Le Balto mais je ne connaissais pas l’histoire du bâtiment.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Peter, you have covered this architectural treasure so completely. It is one of my favorite churches in Paris and each time I visit there are new discoveries for me. The twisted columns are amazing!

Genie

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Professora Maria Dalva said...

Parabéns pela blog.
Gostei muito das fotos da igreja,para mim é bem interessante conhecer a cultura de outro país.

Trotter said...

Saint Severin is probably one of the most beautiful churches in Paris... And we may see it here!!

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M. said...

I just discovered yur great blog! I am very often in that quartier, as I go to the wonderful children's library just opposite — the Bibliothèque de l'Heure Joyeuse. It has a view of the cathdral, heavenly!

Werepup said...

Stunning pictures

Devon DeAngelo said...

I just walked past Notre Dam yesterday on my walk to school :) It's so beautiful, your pictures really captured the beauty.

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Zhang said...

Les autres l'ont peut-être dit : on a l'impression que les gargouilles (ce mot n'est pas facile à trouver)essaient d'attraper des branches de l'arbre pour en manger et c'est très marrant! Je ne sais pas comment tu as fait, mais tes photos sont très professionnelles. Tu pourras sans doute me donner des cours de photographie un jour!

Zhang said...

"Some 230 religious buildings in Paris" : ce chiffre est impressionnant!

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