In my preceding post I promised to come back with a new visit to what used to be the Saint-Martin-in-the Fields (Saint-Martin-aux-Champs) Abbey with origins well before the year 1000. I already posted about the “Arts et Métiers” museum, which today occupies part of what used to be the abbey. The Revolution of course made an end to the religious activities here. The National Conservatory for Arts and Crafts, referred to as "Arts et Métiers" was created and in 1798 started educating technology and different engineering sciences here and so still does. The museum activities (see previous post) started in 1802. Today, I will concentrate on the non-museum-buildings. Most of them have been added during the latter part of the 19th century, but I think it’s interesting to find what remains from the abbey times.
I tried here to describe this by comparing a 1739 plan of Paris with today’s Google Earth.
Remain the Saint Martin Church (1), which today is part of the museum (see again previous post), the Saint Nicolas Church (2), now on the other side of the street (Rue Réaumur) (see previous post) and the abbey refectory (3), which today is the school library. We can also find traces of what used to be the 12th century towers and the walls surrounding the abbey, (4), (5) and (6), the latter now hidden in a building, again on the other side of the street (see previous post).
Although not as spectacular as the Sainte Chapelle (see previous post), the 13th century refectory, the present library, could according to some sources have the architect in common – Pierre de Montreuil. See top photo.
Here are some other photos from the present “school part”, including from the almost empty café.
A professional photographer with assistants obviously used the premises for some fashion shots.