At the end of the street appears a surprising church tower, actually the highest in Paris.
Half way on this long street, Rue de Prony, you can zoom on this church tower or, in the opposite direction, on the rotunda / lodge at one of the entrances to Parc Monceau, the place where one once had to pay taxes to bring merchandise into the then smaller Paris (see previous posts about Parc Monceau and about the Wall ofthe Farmers-General).
We are in an area which used to be farming and hunting ground until the 19th century, referred to as “Plaine-Monceau”. It then became a very fashionable area and a lot of “hôtels particuliers” (private mansions) were built here. We can still see some, today mostly offices. On one street corner – with Rue Fortuny (see previous post about its remarkable mansions) stands the house where Edmond Rostand lived and wrote “Cyrano de Bergerac”.
Approaching the church tower, we cross Avenue de Wagram with the Arch of Triumph in the horizon (see previous posts) and the Place du Maréchal Juin – with a number of nice restaurants in its immediate surroundings.
The church, which is not easy to photograph, is the Sainte Odile. The construction started before WWII and was completed in 1946. The architecture is of course quite different from most other Paris churches, very much 1930 and influenced by byzantine edifices with three cupolas and of course especially the very specific high tower. It’s covered by bricks of the same origin as the Strasbourg Cathedral, maybe another reference to the Alsace region, of which Sainte Odile is the patron saint.
The interior is of course in the same style.
Maybe, the church architecture comes to its right better during the night?
I’m off to Sweden again for a week, so this post is preprogrammed.