Monday, March 12, 2007

Inside Saint Paul's church

On the rue Saint Antoine, number 99, there is Saint Paul church, a church that was built between 1627 and 1641. It's a real masterpiece - I'll show the outside of it one day. In the meantime here is a photo I took Saturday inside, in front of a crypt dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
PS: thanks a million for all your nice compliments on yesterday's post. I have been very touched.


  1. Woww, this photo has an impressive atmosphere. You captured the feeling one has when inside a temple (if I were speaking out loud instead of writing this comment, I would actually be whispering in sign of respect..)

    I read somewhere that you're not a professional photographer, well, you certainly learn fast!

    WE thank you for PDP!

  2. Really, not a professional? Just born with an eye for design & interesting subjects?
    I love the candle, by the way :)

  3. :))
    I love the candle too, its light is warm and soft, sometimes touched.
    and the blurred in the distance...looks so wonderful!!

    shanghai daily photo

  4. Beautiful photo All of them are. You are a real gift!

  5. Eric,

    I will add my thanks to yesterday's posting. Your blog makes a difference in my life each day. Thank you so very much for doing this for us.


  6. This photo has a solemnity about it!

  7. I love the use of the candle in the foreground. Also- congrats on 2 years. I think most of us know how difficult it is to post everyday but you always keep it going with great quality. Thanks.
    -Ryan of OC Photos

  8. Beautiful & peaceful shot Eric...just don't burn your candle at both ends!

    Hope you had a nice BD! ;)xo

  9. Very reverant Eric - eternal flame - lovely crypt.
    Merci aussi pour votre mots sur ADP.



  12. Ethereal, Eric. Such a peaceful shot; a fitting one to calm us all down as we start the mania again that is Monday.

  13. So, don't you know to count ? 2d anniversary needs 2 candles, not 1 !!!

  14. Bravo for this picture. Pardon this cliché, but I think it's very a George de la Tour-esque one !

  15. Eric, a lovely French-speaking blogger here in Seattle posted on her food/dining-related site (Seattle Bonvivant ) that Air France will begin direct non-stop service between Seattle and Paris this June. Your other reader's comment about leaving for Paris in less than 24 hours made me long to be on the plane with them! And to top off all that longing for Paris, the Space Needle is expecting their 45 millionth visitor sometime very soon, and when that person steps from the elevator onto the observation deck at the top he or she will be celebrated and surprised with a trip to Paris and treated to dinner by a chef from the Jules Verne restaurant in the Tour Eiffel. How many trips up the Space Needle would I have to make at $14 a pop to try and be that 45 millionth person? Waaaaah! Too many reminders of missing your beautiful city. Thanks for easing the pain with the daily glimpses you give of its beauty, like this one. So peaceful.

  16. Hi there!
    This is an awesome photo, Eric.
    I like the sculpture over there in a second plane...
    It's really nice that you started one day with this gorgeous project that now is worldwide... thank u for that!

  17. Hier, quelle bonne journée. Merci, Monsieur pour être le catalyseur qui a réuni à tous ces Bloggers. Nous apprécions ce voyage, immensément.

  18. Eric; i have a request. You will see at Cheltenham today i have posted my desk, from which i blog, work and write. Can you post yours please? It was an original request from Dive, but more people are joining on. I'm guessing your desk is old, even rather beautiful but with all the mod cons.

  19. This is a wonderful photo! I have many similar ones from churches all over France, Spain and Italy - I love what can be done with candles and church interiors.

  20. C'est superbe!
    Et bon 2ieme anniversaire
    (a bit late, lol)

  21. I'll have to put this church on my list of must-sees next time I'm in town.

    Eric: Happy, happy, happy belated 2 year anniversary and anniversaire (I've been off computer for a few days). I absolutely treasure your site, and visit at least twice a day with much anticipation to see the latest photo and commentary on my favorite city in the world! Eternal Merci's to you!

    Pont Girl

  22. If you are in Saint Paul church area, go behind the church in the "rue des Jardins Saint Paul", and have a look at the remains of the Philippe Auguste wall of the 12th century.

    The "rue Saint Antoine" is linking 2 entrances of 2 different middle-age walls which used to surround Paris and built at 2 different periods.

    The "rue Saint Antoine" starts (on the east part) from what used to be the castle of "La Bastille" (used as a "door" in the Charles V Wall built in the 14th century), and stops (on the west part) in front of Saint Paul church, where there used to be another entrance of Paris (called at that time "Porte Baudet") in the Philippe Auguste Wall (12th century).

    When looking at Paris today, the normal continuation of the "rue Saint Antoine" going into Paris after Saint-Paul church seems to be the "rue de Rivoli".
    That is not right: the "rue de Rivoli" didn't exist before the 19th century (it has been built by Hausmann), everything used to be filled with houses.
    The normal continuation of the "rue de Saint Antoine" into Paris, used to be the "rue François Miron" slightly on the left which is still a very old and nice street to walk in.
    Nowadays, one wouldn't even notice this street, while it has been a main way going into Paris for centuries!

    Sorry, i am aware it is a bit boring whitout a map ;-)

  23. Hi Eric. Congrats on the second anniversary!
    Just in case you didn't get my email. My feed is now ready for the portal. the address is
    Much appreciated, John.

  24. Louis la Vache also finds this picture to be superbe! Deuxième anniversaire heureux de Louis!

    Re Haxo's comments about that wall of the old château fort et rue François Miron - the last two remaining half-timbered houses in Paris, dating from the 1400s are on rue François Miron. Once this was the most common construction in Paris, but this style was banned when it was realised what a fire hazard these houses were! In contrast, the city of Troyes, east of Paris still has many half-timbered houses - a miracle given the city's proximity to Germany in 1870, 1914 - 1918 and 1940 - 1945!

    In the yard of the parish school attached to l'église is a monument to some children who were killed when a German bomb fell on the school in the Great War. If Louis remembers correctly, it was a bomb of 500kg.

    Louis la Vache knows rue Saint-Antoine well, having lived on that street for a time. Another Paris blogger lives today on rue Saint-Antoine only two doors from where Louis lived! Nearby is the delightful Village Saint-Paul.

  25. Louis la Vache should add that l'église is formally known as l'église Saint-Louis-Saint-Paul. It has a unique feature in that it's dome is the tallest in Paris after that of le Panthéon. In a sense, the dome is out of proportion to the rest of l'église because l'église is not especailly large, yet it has this huge dome.

  26. After Louis superb details, it would be really interesting to see the outside photo of the church

  27. Thank you gentlemen for the info and for the link to la muraille. After having come across a portion of it on rue Clovis near St. Etienne du Mont, it was fascinating.

  28. Every time we go to Paris we stay very near the L'eglise Saint Louis-St. Paul. Anddddd, I bitch about the fact that "they" are allowing the beautiful stucture to go to pot. The clock is beat up,the facade of the building is a mess, the whole place looks like it is missing a "condemned" sign. I was going to write to the Mayor but I guess it is the responsibility of local Catholics. It needs some TLC.

  29. That is a fascinating church, Eric, a little intimidating on the outside. I will try to get inside next time we walk past it.

    Thank you for the glimpse.

  30. Pretty piece i will try to shot a similar one next weekend