It was an unlucky day for me to visit the church of St-Eustache as a (rock) concert rehearsal was going on. Parts of the church were prohibited because of a special light and music show to be held that evening. And I was almost wishing for a set of ear-plugs, as the music was so loud. In short, the church didn't live up to its expectations due to all of this. I am sure it is a lovely church to visit under normal circumstances, but not on this particular day.
The church (build 1532 to 1637) has a renaissance interior although its architecture on the inside is gothic. Most striking are the pillars, arches and its choir. The stained glass windows in the choir are made after drawings of Philippe de Champaigne. On Sundays at 15:30 in the afternoon you can listen to organ music, something I have on my wish list for a next visit to Paris. The church of St-Eustache is open to the public from 9:30 to 19:00.
I found this church to be one of the most beautiful in Paris. It is a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance, with Gothic design and Renaissance on the outside decorations. The inside is not near as worthwhile as the surrounding area. There is a park just outside, which is also worth taking a sightseeing break and enjoying a cafe. The church contains the remains of both Moliere and Richelieu.
We last visited Paris in June of 2000. We stayed at a B&B within easy walking distance of St Eustache and were able to attend mass there on our one Sunday in Paris. When we returned home I found a 100F note in a pants pocket which we sent to St Eustache.
Last Sunday (May 21, 2006) in an episode of The Sopranos Carmella and her friend Ro(?) were in a church in Paris and I thought that it sure looked like St Eustache. Later in the episode Carmella asked Ro what she had lit candles for in "St Eustache."
Saint Eustache is situated to the north of the park at des Halles. This beautiful church, built between 1532 and 1637, is Gothic in structure, with lofty naves and graceful flying buttresses, and Renaissance in decoration, with Corinthian columns and rounded arcades.
This church was completed in 1637 and really is a wonderful place to visit. The church has been known for organ recitals ever since Liszt apparently played here in 1866. There are a number of very good paintings with the most famous painting being Rembrandt's 'The Pilgrimage to Emmaus'. Other claims to fame by association are Madame de Pompadour and Richelieu who were baptized here and Molière's funeral which was held here in 1673.
There's a side entrance on rue Rambuteau.
St-Eustache is a wonderfully flamboyent gothic structure, flamboyent gothic being the period that merged gothic & renaissance architecture which is exemplified by its flame-like (hence the flamboyant) spires. It still retains elements such as flying buttresses but the movement is towards a lighter, more graceful style. However, don't let that description fool you as this church is one of the largest in Paris and its monumental presence is felt in this area. Since the old Les Halles market has closed and torn and has been replaced with the Jardin Les Halles, St-Eustache can more easily be seen.
I stopped by here one night this past trip on my way back to the hotel from a Valentine's Day dinner at Au Pied de Cochon, an all-night brasserie that sits practically next door. I admired the facade of the building and then popped over to Place Rene Cassin to visit L'Ecoute, the Listener, a modern-day structure of a head with hand to its ear. After I snapped a photo of it I heard giggles. I'd stumbled upon a pair of Japanese tourists catching a kiss behind the hand.
Place Rene Cassin features prominently in the 1995 version of the movie Sabrina during the model shoot. You can see L'Ecoute during the scene.
A previous trip (the b&w photo) I'd caught a glimpse of this immense edifice across the Jardin Les Halles from the Cimetiere des Innocents area. As you can see, it's HUGE!
Photos: April 2003 & Feb 2006
Eglise Saint-Eustache with it's 33.5m high, 100m long and 43m wide, is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Paris.
Built between 1532-1640, the church is remarkably harmonious.
Although its plan is still Gothic, the decorations are Renaissance.
St-Eustache was consacrated in 1637 by Jean Francois de Gondi, Archbishop of Paris.
During the revolution the church was transformed into a temple for agriculture, but it was re-opened in 1795.
St-Eustache is also important because this was the place where Richelieu, Moliere, Marquise de Pompadour were baptised and Louis XIV received the first communion.
My favourite church in Paris is the late Gothic Saint Eustache, just to the north of what is now the Forum des Halles in the 1st arrondissement. It was built between 1532 and 1637, and is distincly Renaissance on the outside, while in the interieur the Corinthian columns soar up towards the sky.
As churches go this one is rather plain, just the architecture to appreciate, and unlike most others it is very light and airy - the photos were taken without a flash.
Before the Forum des Halles was built, it was the church for the wholesale fruit and vegetable sellers whose markes (Halles) this was. They moved out to the suburbs in 1963, and a wood carving by Raymond Mason commemorates the event. This carving preserved in the aisle, is very amusing: apparently the faces shown are some of the well known characters in the market. See the next tip:
The church is on the Rue Turbigo, metro station Chatelet or Les Halles
It's a bit sad really that such an impressive church is only visited by so many people because of the big sculptured head outside of it. The sculpture itself is called l'Ecoute and it was created by Henri de Miller. Precisely what it is trying to say I am not really sure, but I find it quite an interesting sculpture. It is pretty huge. If you look carefully you will see I am sat on top of it!
St Eustache the church is considered one of Paris' most beautiful churches and it was modelled on Notre Dame.
This church is in the Les Halles area of Paris, the church was built between 1532 and 1637.
It is Gothic and the inside boasts Renaisssance decoration.
We did not go inside the church but the outside was just stunning.
Close to the Halles Shopping centre and the Bourse of Commerce ....
The gardens around are beautiful and there are many places around to have coffees and lunches.
Beware of the souvenirs shops around if you ask for some items prices would be sometimes double.
We try to enter at the church but was closed.
The church is fascinating to wander around and I love the modern art statue outisde - the head in the hand. The church itself was built between 1532 and 1637 and has some gothic architecture as a result. In the 18th century ther were some Renaissance style additions.
Inside there is a statue of the Virgin Mary by the sculptor Pigalle and also there is a Rubens painting.
Open 8am - 7pm
Saint Eustache, a very large church, contains some surprisingly diverse art, ranging from a Rubens' "Pilgrims of Emmaeus" to a Triptique by Keith Haring called "The Life of Christ." In the photo, thanks to Photoshop, I've merged these two extremes. The pilgrim seems to be wondering "What the (heaven) is that?"
Saint Eustache is located at Châtelet-Les Halles. Les Halles used to be the food distribution center for Paris. In an unfortunate decision of urban renewal, Les Halles were torn down and a rather unpleasant underground shopping mall and a somewhat barren, unpleasant park took its place. Outside St. Eustache there is an interesting sculpture of a giant head and hand-- much photographed.
Inside St. Eustache you will find a side chapel dedicated to the "ghosts" of the food vendors. There is an interesting work of art called "The Departure of the Fruits and Vegetables" that shows the food merchants carting away their wares when Les Halles were shut down in 1969.
Saint Eustache boasts an impressive pipe organ with 8000 pipes.
Intensive restoration work has been going on for the past seven years... not surprising for a building that first appeared at the beginning of the 13th century. The church was closed during the revolution and for a short time served as a "Temple of Agriculture."
Metro: Châtelet-Les Halles, or Les Halles.
St.-Eustache is right on Les Halles, the big square where there used to be a traditional Parisian market and which now covers a modern underground mall. If you have to visit just a few churches before not wanting to come close to them anymore, make this one of them, especially on Sundays at 5:30pm when they have the weekly organ audition.
This Gothic-Renaissance church, built in 16th and 17th century, is one of the most beautiful in Paris. It used to be a church of the Halles guilds. And this is a place where Molier was baptized. It’s a pleasure to come here through the beautiful garden from the Forum des Halles. Leaving the crowd of the shopping center you can admire this great building, somehow so very similar to Notre Dame.