A hidden church.

This church, so well hidden, dates from 1855 and is in a perfect Neo-Gothic style. Some modern buildings have later separated the entrance from the street. We are just in front of the “Le Bon Marché” department store (see previous post here).

The church is called Saint Ignace. It’s a Jesuit church dedicated to Saint Ignace, Ignatius de Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit movement. I already talked about the fact that Ignatius together with some friends decided about the creation of the “Society of Jesus” in 1534 in a little chapel on the slopes of Montmartre (see previous post here). Maybe we should remember that the present Pope is a Jesuit.

The church has a number of very nicely decorated chapels dedicated to different saints, one of course to Ignatius himself, see top picture.

The immediate neighbour to the church is a Jesuit university-level faculty, opened in 1974, today open to men and women, lay and religious.  


claude said...

Un peu enclavée cette Eglise. Je ne me souviens pas d'elle mais du Bon Marché SI !
Nous y allions souvent, ma Mémé était couturière.

Anonymous said...

This looks like it’s well worth a visit. Thanks for the information.

John in California

Studio at the Farm said...

A very interesting post, Peter. And, as always, I appreciate your wonderful photos.