Saint Augustin, Paris
This is a wonderful church of Paris, near train station gare St Lazare.
It was built between 1860 and 1871, in the district of the little Poland, now the place Saint-Augustin . The archtect Victor Baltard (who built amongst other the Halles de Paris) designed this church with the originality of been inspired by Roman art ,and the first building done with a metallic shelf. Measuring 100 meters long and with dome 60 meters high.
Napoleon III decides that the crypt of the church houses many coffins of princes of the imperial family, there before been sent to Saint Denis. It is here that Charles de Foucauld was converted becoming brother Charles and goes into missionary work in Algeria.
The place around pl St Augustin is a good people watch and some nice drinks taken there too; i should add...
St Augustin was one of the Paris churches that I passed many time on the Roissybus. I finally got there on my way to Musee Cernuschi. Built at the time the Baron Haussmann was redesigning Paris in the last quarter of the 19th century, it is stylistically mixed with a Byzantine rather than Gothic feel.
Saint Augustin is a church in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.
It was built between 1860 and 1871, close to St Lazare metro station, integrated in Baron Haussmann's design for that area of the city, and that's the reason why it seems so well integrated, even evidenced by the street planning.
I'd rather do this than queue up for hours just to go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower :o)
We had a lovely vt picnic in the gardens of the Champs de Mars complete with wine. We did hear that grog is not allowed, but hey!...This is Paris!...and everyone does it. And what's a picnic in Paris under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower without wine! :o)
Église Saint-Augustin de Paris (Church of St. Augustine) is one of the many historical churches that can be found in Paris.
Saint-Augustin's facade features the four evangelists above arcades, and above them the twelve apostles.
It is said that a statue of Joan of Arc can be found there and true enough, there it was in front of the church.
The monumental Eglise Saint-Augustin was built around 1870 in an eclectic mix of Roman and Byzantine architectural styles. It rises to a height of 80 metres, and was the first church of this size ever to be built using a steel structure. Its architect, Victor Baltard, also designed Les Halles, another showcase of steel architecture in Paris. Like many great Parisian monuments, Eglise Saint-Augustin stands dominant at the end of a wide street, which in this case is Boulevard Malesherbes in the section leading to Place de la Madeleine.