It took more than a century and six architects before the monumental St. Sulpice church was completed at the end of the 18th century. The church, located in the heart of Paris’s
popular 6th arrondissement
, dominates a pleasant square.
Saint Sulpice is a VERY beautiful Church. Although imperfect on the exterior due to being asymmetrical, imperfection is what makes it perfect. After all, this shows that you should never judge a book by it’s cover, it’s what’s inside that counts…and that’s what Église Saint-Sulpice is all about!!!!!!
The interior of the church of Saint Sulpice is really stunning. It brings about a sense of calmness and peace and the best thing about it?? Not many people know about it!! This is my hidden gem and I’m sharing it with you guys. As of now, so far from what i know – not many foreign tourists know about this place…yet. This means no crowds, no noise, no queues, no barriers and so on!
Read on to find out more about my secret little heaven on earth!
The building is impressive, and with a length of 119 meters and a width of 57 meters (390 x 187 ft) it is the second largest church in Paris after the Notre-Dame.
The imposing front façade was built after a 1732 Baroque design by Giovanni Servandoni. It is defined by two large colonnades with Doric and Ionic columns.
The colonnades are flanked by two asymmetrical towers, possibly a result of the long construction period. The south tower, which was never completed, is 5 meters smaller than the north tower and has a slightly different design.
Servandoni’s plan also included a large ornamented pediment and tower cupolas, but these were never implemented.
The Saint-Sulpice church has one of the world’s largest organs.
Built between 1776 and 1781 after a design by Jean Chalgrin, who is best known as the architect of the Arc de Triomphe
The gilded pulpit of the Saint-Sulpice was designed in 1788 by Charles de Wailly.
Another highlight can be found in the Chapelle des Anges (Angel Chapel).
The Chapelle des Anges is where Eugène Delacroix created impressive wall paintings, entitled ‘Jacob Wrestling with the Angel’ and ‘Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple’.
Construction started in 1646 at the site of a 13th century church. Twenty years later a lack of funds halted construction work.
It would last until the early 18th century before construction resumed and finally in 1780 the church was mostly completed.
Place St. Sulpice
The front façade of the Saint-Sulpice church overlooks a pleasant square, laid out in the 18th century and named “Place St. Sulpice” after the church.
The central fountain – the Fontaine des Quatre Points Cardinaux – was designed in 1844 by Joachim Visconti and shows four seated bishops who never became cardinal.
The pretty interesting thing here is the translation. Hence the name of the fountain, which can be translated as the Fountain of the Four “Not” Cardinals.
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