Saint Sulpice, Paris
There is a wonderful square in front of the church in the 6th Arrondissement not far from Luxembourg Gardens or Eglisé Saint Germain. It's a nice place to come and eat the macarons that you have just bought at Pierre Herme on Rue Bonaparte. There is a fountain in front of the church which is somehow very relaxing. If you feel like a coffee or a glass of wine, there is a little cafe right across the street, Cafe de la Mairie. It's one of my favorites.
Be sure to visit the church after you have finished your macarons. There are a few Delacroix frescos inside on the right.
This is also the church which was feature in the Davinci Code although the Catholic Church refused to allow filming inside.
Metro stops Saint Sulpice and Mabillon.
More photos to come.
France adopted the metre as the official standard length in April 1795 and proceeded to place 16 marble standard "metres" around Paris during 1796/97 so that the people could familiarise themselves with the new measure. This one at 36 rue de Vaugirard is only one of two left today and is the only one at its original place. The second, replaced in 1848, is at 13 place de Vendome (Ministry of Justice building).
Odeon, Mabillon or St. Sulpice are nearest metro stations.
Incidentally, rue de Vaugirard at 4kms300 is the longest street in Paris.
An enigma for you if you're around this way " Where is no. 18 rue de Vaugirard ?"
At the Place Saint Sulpice you can't possibly miss the huge church of Saint Sulpice. The building is a great 119 meters long and 57 meters wide. The construction of the St Sulpice took 134 and was finished in 1780. It took six architects to make is to a good end.
The front of the church looks a bit strange, because it is assymmetric: one of the two towers is not finished yet and is 5 meters lower then the other one. The outside of the church also is damaged by what seems like bulletholes to me. Next time I'm in Paris I will have a closer look and ask for details.
Inside the church you can visit one of the biggest organs in the world. And outside, in front of the church on the square, you will see the nice fountain with several big stone lions around it.
Da Vinci code's madness is at its pick right now with the recent shooting of the movie with Tom Hanks in Paris.
The two main sites are of course the Louvre museum and the Saint Sulpice church.
This church was not very visited by tourists before, but now it's on the way of all the "Da Vinci Code Tour " !
The church was built in the XVII th century, and has always been at the center of esoteric thories because of some curiosities you can find there. The elements described in the book such as the "Rose Line" and "gnomon" do exist... but then everybody has its own interpretation.
I tried to follow the line outside the chuch, until the Louvre... but I didn't manage !
The church of Saint Sulpice is a nice little church full of architectural highlights. Not quantity, but quality counts...
The place around countains a romantic little parc and a beautiful fountain (picture). Great place to have a break from the busy city-life.
Many habitants come here to sit and relax.
St Sulpice boasts the largest organ in France - one resists the double entendre with difficulty.
A few notes only are played upon it. The Delacroix frescoes are not to my taste.
Go on to St Severin with its impressive double Gothic ambulatory. There was a choir singing, all female, all very choirboy sounding when we were there, and it was very beautiful.
At the eastern end modern glass glows blue and red in abundance.
The Cloisters were closed as they are working on them.
Church of St.-Sulpice: This church quite naturally remains overshadowed by other famous religious buildings... Notre-Dame, Sacre-Coeur, St.-Chapelle and so on. I got there just on my second visit to Paris. None the less, the visit to the Church of St.-Sulpice is an interesting one for it looks different. It is one of the few churches I have ever seen built in such an austere classical style: many colonnades, two towers, but not like those Gothic of the Cathedral. Just one of the towers is finished...