After visiting the beautiful Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis church, which we talked about here, why not continue your trip in Le Marais with a second church visit? TheSaint-Gervais-Saint-Protais church, located in front of theHôtel de Ville, is waiting for you!
The Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais church is famous for its different architectural styles which make it look like a gothic style church from one angle and a classical style church from another angle. Its impressive three-tiered facade, created by Salomon de Brosse and Clement II Métezeau, is considered a masterpiece of French classicism, with the presence of the three orders of Greek architecture (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian columns).
These different architectures are due to the duration of the construction of theSaint-Gervais-Saint-Protais Church: more than 150 years! Begun in 1494 on the site of a 6th century basilica, the construction was only completed in 1657 and saw different architects and different periods: inside the building, the vaults of the choir are in the flamboyant Gothic style; the 16th century nave is in the Gothic style; while the windows and stained glass are influenced by the Renaissance.
Inside, the building is richly decorated. Not to be missed is the Chapel of the Virgin, beautifully decorated, with its hanging keystone of 2.5 meters in diameter and especially the magnificent stained glass window The Wisdom of Solomon. Dating from 1531, it is in an incredible state of preservation.
Finally, for the little story in the big story, a German shell fell in 1918 on the church, during the service, and killed nearly a hundred faithful. A commemorative chapel was built afterwards, as a tribute to the victims.
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