Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Inside the Saint Merri Church


Not far from the Pompidou center (or Beaubourg center) there is a Church called Saint Merri. Inside this church there is a wonderful statue called Despised Christ, made by Pierre de Grauw, a Dutch sculptor. It's not very well lit but if you happen to be in the neighbourhood it's really worth seeing it.

31 comments:

  1. Ooooh, it looks lovely.

    Michael: Yes, I had a blast at Cirque. Quidam reminded me very much of a dream I once had...

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  2. Eric,
    I see the seated statue but I don't see it as a Christ--despised or otherwise. I will put it on my must see list, though. We will be staying near the Pompidou centre.

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  3. From what church other than Saint Merry can one inspect its flying buttresses at such leisure from an adjoining hotel? In this case the Hôtel St. Merry.

    I love the autumnal colors: brown, beige, gold, burnt orange. It's so quieting and calm; and, of course, Eric's superb composition.

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  4. Um...ths statue looks like a shadow,leaning against the wall...
    Um...Nice one, and he looks like a little bit lonely.....
    ...Jing

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  5. I agree with Johnny. Christ doesn't look despised. The way he is sitting there make him look very HUMAN, and that is not to dispise him...
    Beautiful statue.

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  6. L'eglise st merry est tres belle et cette sculpture sublime. En plus l'eglise contraste avec la fontaine stravinsky qui est juste a cote.
    Le moderne et le classique.

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  7. I have walked past this Church and never went in. Oh, I wish I had. Lovely photo and the statue is so strong in its simplicity.

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  8. The statue is ... simply perfect!
    My check list is growing every day...
    ;))

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  9. Hi Eric, I like the color tone of this photo and the composition as well...Despised Christ is probably a bit of abstract style, it's a wonderful one as you said. :-)

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  10. It's been quite a long time since I've visited this church. Nicely renovated, apparently.
    And very, very beautiful composition Eric.

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  11. Remarkable......well, may be he is despised because he looks human.....just a question....

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  12. Lovely colors, shapes. I wonder why its called the Despised Christ. He does look rather sad and pensive.

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  13. The statue is marvellous.. is it wood or bronze? The angle of the shot sets it off really well. Inspiring Eric!

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  14. Thank you Eric. I go to Paris every year - but here I always find new things, beautiful things to see.

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  15. I miss Tomate's comments and insight. Where is he lately?

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  16. Elegant and nicely framed! St-Eustache in this neighborhood is also special.

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  17. I have walked past this church many times during my visits to Paris but never stopped into to take a peek. The statue is wonderfully haunting. I have just put a visit in my little black book of "have to see/eat/do next time".
    Thanks as always for making my work day start with a lovely picture of Paris.

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  18. Ahhhhhhhhhhh Eric...I just love this shot....brings me peace! Have a great day or nite! LOL! ;-)

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  19. I too have been to Paris many times but there is always many more things to see. Like this statue. I'll be sure to look at it next visit. So thanks for giving me a locals knowledge of places to visit.

    Diccon

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  20. I have been several times in this church, i never noticed that statue.
    It is an original statue and an artistical pic.

    This place belongs to the very first places where churches have been built on the right bank of the Seine.

    The right bank was muddy for centuries since prehistoric age. There were only 3 spots (high enough to be "out of the mud")where churches have been first built on this side of the river: St Germain l'Auxerrois, St Merry and St Gervais.

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  21. Eric...lovely photo. The coloring is so warm and soft...beautiful! I will be in Paris next week with a fellow blogger (October 13th through the 19th) and if you have any time to meet for a coffee, I would be delighted to meet you!

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  22. Awwww... the poor thing looks so weary.. and who stole his laptop?!!

    (seriously, he's gorgeous).

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  23. Huumm, St Merri is a ravishment.

    thanks for that statue :-)

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  24. I've never gone into that church. I will, the next time I pass it. I love that statue, which expresses le mépris so well.

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  25. Nice Statue! I passed by this Church all the time during my visit but I never went inside.

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  26. What an appealing piece! Thank you for drawing our attention to it with this wonderful shot.
    -Kim

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  27. Magnifique, absolument magnifique. Ca fait plaisir de voir de l'art contemporain dans une eglise.

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