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St Germain des Pres
This church is one of the most important sights in Paris. The abbey was founded in the 6th century and back in the middle ages there was a whole village around this abbey. Nowadays only the church has survived. This church has lots of features of the Romanesque period and hosts a permanent eshibition about St. Germain des Pres
Sit at a table on a Parisian sidewalk.
Sidewalk cafes and clubs abound in Paris. You can go to Montmartre during the day for lunch, coffee, or just the view of working artists or St-Germain de Pres during the evening for jazz clubs, dinner or just a glass of wine.
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Saint Germain-des-Pres is the name of the oldest church in Paris, built in the 12th century. It is also the name of one of the most luxurious quarters of the city and one of the most popular ones.
The Église Saint Germain-des-Pres was built in the second half of the 12th century, and was opened in 1163 by Pope Alexander III. At the same place there also has been an abbey that was originally built in the 6th century. The church is a mixture of Gothic and Roman construction styles. Throughout the long history of the church there were added and replaced several parts resulting in the current mixture of styles. During the French Revolution two of the original three towers were distroyed and never rebuilt. This leaves the clocktower we see nowadays as the only tower of the church.
In the many narrow streets around the church, ending at the Seine river at the north and the Jardins de Luxembourg at the south, you will find lots of art boutics, antique traders and fashion shops. Especially around the Place St-Germain-des-Pres and the Boulevard Saint Germain you will find lots of little bars where a simple cup of coffee will cost you a fortune.
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A bit of Parisian ambience
My hotel in Paris was in the St. Germain des Pres neighborhood, a very atmospheric section of the city. Small, winding streets and tiny sidewalks where (maybe) two people at a time can pass. Little shops selling furniture, antiques and wine, among other things. Restaurant, cafes and little brasseries. It's quaint and quiet too, though there are sections with more nightlife too.
I found it especially appealing at night. The sun is down, the soft streetlights are on, and the atmosphere really becomes different. Like in a movie. I found it to be very appealing, and always made it a point to get out and walk around at night.
If you walk any of the little streets between the Left Bank of the Seine and Blvd Saint Germain, you'll find yourself transported back to a different time. Leave the hustle and bustle of Paris behind here.
Walk the Quarter from the Pont des Arts (walk 2)
If you cross the Pont des Arts from the Louvre to the Left Bank you see before you the gilded and ribbed dome of the Institute de France. It was built by LeVau (1663-70) for Cardinal Mazerin as a college to provide higher education for recently annexed districts. The Revolution closed the college (it was not in line with equality). Napoleon established the Institute and installed there the Academie Francaise; the chapel (under the dome) became an auditorium. Here the 40 life-time fellows (one is at last a female) of great appropriate“accomplishment” (most are unknown) safeguard the French Language. The East Wing is the Bibliotheque Mazarin. There are guided tours on the weekend. Outside following the Quai de Conti east is the Hotel des Monnaies which houses an extensive museum of Medallions (an art form that I have not developed a taste for). One should go west and access r. Bonaparte and look in the unusual shop windows, first stopping at the gate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. You can enter the courtyard but there is nothing to see and beyond that is for the students. The buildings are very old and have an interesting past history. The rue leads further South to the church of St. Germaine. A further walk goes across Blvd. St. Germaine.
Eglise St-Germain-des-Pres; See It
The 11-12C church was built upon foundations from Merovingian (6C) times. Romanesque features remain as in the windows of the (990 AD) bell-tower and in the nave. The flying buttresses seen at the apse (from the Metro stairs) were in place by 1150, an innovation shared with Notre Dame at that period. The original door is preserved under the entrance porch. Looking away from the church at that site, one stares at the Deux Magots with its sidewalk viewers across the way, while to the right (North) there is a small garden containing fragments of the original church and parts of the flamboyant Lady Chapel (built by Pierre de Montreuil in the 13C) which have been arranged like a mini-cloister with places to sit. (The chapel was destroyed during the 1800 difficulties). There used to be a sculpted head by Picasso in honor of Apollinaire here, but when we visited last, only the dedication base was present.
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Eglise St.-Germain Has Many Features
Firstly, the door capitals have figures that are examples of early (1100AD) Medieval stone carving. Other carvings inside the church show the progress in this art through the centuries. There is a side altar (with lots of candles) with a Madonna and Child (c.1340) and several tombs of notables with other fine later sculpting. H. Flandrin( a pupil of Ingres) has painted large murals that line the walls of the nave depicting Old and New Testament scenes (the darknes mutes the colors). At the West end is a fine organ that is invoved in some of the many concerts given here. Off to the right is the St. Symphorian Chapel of the early period.
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Eglise St Germain des Pres
The beautiful St Germain des Pres is the oldest church in Paris. It was built by the Merovingian King Childebert in 542 to house holy relics, and developed into a huge Benedictine abbey. It was rebuilt in the 11th century (from which period the robust bell tower, the only one of three to survive, dates), and was burned during the Revolution only to be mostly rebuilt again during the 19th century. The nave is Romanesque while the choir is early Gothic, and the transition can be seen even under the heavy green and gold 19th century paintwork.
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St-Germain des Pres
This one-time suburb of Paris is located on the Left Bank, across the Seine from the Tuileries. It runs along the southern shore of the Seine, in the 7th and 6th arrondissements, and consists of the area east of boulevard St-Michel as far as to include the Musée d’Orsay. It stretches some 4 to 5 blocks to the south, including boulevard St-Germain and several blocks to its south.
St-Germain’s more interesting structures are the Cour du Commerce St-André, the Cour de Rohan, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, the Institut de France, the Palais Abbatial, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, the Théâtre National de l’Odéon and the St-Germain-des-Prés church. Some of its more interesting streets are boulevard St-Germain, the rue du Dragon and the rue de l’Odéon. Its museums include the Musée Eugène Delacroix, the Musée Nationale de la Légion d’Honneur, the Musée de la Monnaie and the Musée d’Orsay.
Cour du Commerce Saint-André
Located off boulevard Saint-Germain, this small hidden alley provides a glimpse of what Paris might have looked like in medieval times. The pedestrianised, cobblestoned alley is tucked behind buildings and is accessible through archways that lead into the modern streets. The charming alley contains several shops and a couple of historic café's and restaurants, including le Procope, one of Paris' oldest dating from the 17th century. Le Procope is known to have been frequented by many literary and historic figures, such as Voltaire.
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The St. Germaine district (in the 6th Arrondissement) consists of the main St. Germaine Blvd. and surrounds. It's an area steeped in rich history – including a fascinating literary and bohemian history. Now, on the surface, you'll see traces of that old intellectualism if you look closely enough past the shi-shi fashion shops and its crowds of shoppers; it’s still home to bookshops, and arts stops, and many a cafe. We enjoyed strolling through the area and dipping into brasseries to sip sidewalk café and people-watch. The highlight here for us, though, was a visit to the famous Café du Flor just near the grand 6th-century St. Germaine-des-Prés church. We sat overlooking the sidewalk, and – with our greatly overpriced drinks and delicious profiteroles – watched the parade of Parisian life stroll by. (The Flor is supposedly the place to be ‘round these parts, though that’s dependant upon who you ask – Brasserie Lipp and Les Deux Magots across the way also have tempting caches of old stories a la Hemingway under their awnings.)
Eglise - St. Nicolas du Chardonette
On the Left Bank in the St. Germaine area, St. Nicolas du Chardonette (although I was hoping for some samples of Chardonnay), is one of many gorgeous churches serving the local neighborhoods in Paris.
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St Germain des Pres
St Germain des Pres is a charming quarter in Paris, filled with artists, students, locals and tourists! There are many restaurants and nice shopping boutiques that are fun-filled during the day and the night also!
The church in this quarter (l'Eglise St Germain des Pres) is said to be one of the first constructed in Paris. When I read this, I expected the church to be more extravagant than it was, however, it was beautiful nonetheless.
I would recommend going to St Germain des Pres if you want to roam around the boutiques, or if you wanted to go out for a noisy drink in the evening!!
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Visit Saint Germain Church
We came upon this magnificent church while walking to the river. It was Not on our list of places to visit but it was such a beautiful place, we took the time to go in. It's flamboyant Gothic architecture which was the house of worship for the royal family before the French Revolution. It was built during the 13th to 16th cen. The stained glass windows are beautiful and there was a rather crude wooden statue of St. Peter, fisher of men, that somehow spoke to me. I was well worth the visit. Sometimes these accidental things are some of the more interesting.
Despite its prominent location facing the back colonnade of the Louvre, Eglise Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois seems to be skipped by most tourists. This is double astonishing given that the church is a jewel of Gothic architecture, expanded and restored repeatedly over the years since its initial construction in the 12th century. Note that the Gothic tower in front of the Church does not belong to it, but rather to the next door Mairie of the 1er arrondissement - the town hall built in a similar Gothic style.
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