About a year and a half ago I posted about the Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church, about its connections to the Jesuits, to Père Lachaise, about the former convent (now Lycée Charlemagne), about the musicians who worked and performed there… and I made the remark that the façade was in heavy need of restoration. It’s done!
Here you can compare the façade as it looked a bit more than a year ago and today.
I guess that previously most people passed in front of it – rue Saint-Antoine – without taking notice. Now you do and I guess most of us are impressed by its baroque splendour.
The equally restored clock is marked with the year 1627, the year when the church began to be built. It seems however that it was transferred from the former Saint-Paul Church, which was demolished in 1797 (the Revolution).
And… don’t forget to get inside!
One day, I hope to be able to visit the crypt where Louis Bourdalou, Père Lachaise, and many other celebrities were buried and where the hearts of a number of kings, princes, dukes… (Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Condé, La Tour d’Auvergne…) were deposed. Not much left of course and there is even a troubling story that the heart of Louis XIV later was eaten (!) by some eccentric English personality. Addendum: (As I have got some surprised comments on this, here are some sites where you can read about this true or false story: 1 and 2.)