Church Saint-Merri, Paris - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Patrick Hamel at the Church Saint-Merri, Paris
Church Saint-Merri, Paris - FURTHER INFORMATION
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The Church of Saint-Merri (Eglise Saint-Merri) is a small church in Paris, just west of the Jardins des Halles and north of the Place de Hotel de Ville. It is named after Medericus, also known as Merry, who came to Paris in 884 during the last Norman Siege.
The current church on the site dates from the 16the century, built in Gothic style between 1500 and 1550 with English Perpendicular style influences. The nave windows also date from the 16th century. The church organ was reconstructed in 1781 by Cliquot, and played by Camille Saint-Saëns. Saint-Merri also boasts the oldest bell in Paris, cast in 1331.
Today, as well as being an active church, Eglise Saint-Merri) is home to the Halles-Beaubourg Pastoral Centre, and the Academie vocale de Paris which stages concerts here most Saturdays throughout the year.
Eglise Saint-Merri - Visitor HighlightsSome of the highlights for those visiting the Church of Saint-Merri include:
- Pulpit in the nave carved by P Slodtz in 1753.
- Painting by Simon Vouet (1640) showing Saint Merri setting prisoners free installed above the altar in the left transept.
- 19th century fresco of Saint Mary the Egyptian in the vaults of the third chapel in he left ambulatory.
- Eight bays of the choir and transept installed around 1540.
- 16th century nave windows with the most striking being on the south side showing the life of Saint Nicolas of Myre, and another the life of Saint Agnes.
- Oldest bell in Paris, cast in 1331.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (M1, M11), Châtelet (M1, M4, M7, M11, M14)