Interior of St. Eustache Church, Paris
The gothic St. Eustache Church is one of the largest churches in Paris. It is best known for its beautiful interior decorations in renaissance style.
The beautiful stained glass windows, created by Soulignac in 1632, are probably modeled after drawings of Philippe de Champaigne. The church also contains many paintings such as Tobias and the Angel by Santi di Tito and an early work by P.P. Rubens, Pilgrims of Emmaus. A tomb designed by Le Brun holds the body of Jean Baptiste Colbert, French minister of Finance in the 16th century.
The organ in the sanctuary is the largest pipe organ in France, boasting some 8,000 pipes. The music program is exemplary at the church and organ and choral recitals and concerts are frequent.
History of the Church
Located in Paris' 1st Arrondissement, it took 105 years to build the grand St. Eustache church. Designed by architect Domenico da Cortona of Italy, it was constructed between 1532 and 1637.
The church, in the Les Halles (market) area of Paris, actually had its start in 1223, when in exchange for lending king Philippe Auguste a large amount of money, local merchant Jean Alais was allowed to charge tax on baskets of fish. Amassing a good fortune, he used part of the money to build a chapel. The chapel - named for St. Agnes - received the status of a church and in 1303 it was named in memory of St. Eustace, a Roman general who was burned at the stake for his conversion to Christianity.
The current building was not constructed until centuries later, at the suggestion of Jean de la Barre, provost of Paris, who laid the first stone of a new church. A new facade was added in the 18th century.
During the French Revolution, the church was used for agricultural purposes and was looted and desecrated as were many other religious structures in the city. However, some important works of art survived, such as a painting by Rubens.
St. Eustache has had a number of notable parishioners over the centuries. Louis XIV
made his first Communion there; Cardinal Richelieu and Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, the future Madame de Pompadour were baptized at St. Eustache; and Mozart chose the church for the funeral of his mother. In addition, Molière was married at this cathedral.
The building measures 105 meters (344 feet) long, 43.5 meters wide (143 ft) and with a vault soaring 33.5 meters (109 feet) high. The cupola on top of the church reaches a height of about 58m (190ft). The church follows a ground plan similar to that of the Notre-Dame Cathedral with a nave of five bays and a choir aisle with 24 chapels.
The style of St. Eustache is Gothic, not unlike Notre Dame. However, during its long construction time the gothic style had gone out of fashion and renaissance was the new style of choice. Hence the church does boast a great deal of Renaissance detail, especially the decorations and the arches.
The church is located at the center of historic Paris, near an open square adjacent to the Forum des Halles not far from the Centre Pompidou. The unusual L'écoute sculpture by Henri de Miller sits at center of the square and attracts plenty of attention. (Source: aviewoncities/paris)
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mauro61 (52527) 2012-08-26 2:34
mi piace questo POV dal basso che esalta la bellezza di questo interno in stile gotico.
La luce è ben gestita e l'effetto spettacolare,
holmertz (26980) 2012-08-26 2:34
Hello György, my neighbour today.
You have handled the light superbly to give us a very clear and detailed view of the marvellous architecture and the stained glass windows. The fine details are shown with great sharpness.
snunney (67394) 2012-08-26 2:58
A splendid capture of this Gothic marvel. The point of view is excellent and the image perfectly exposed. Wonderful light and detail. Very well done.
siudzi (23939) 2012-08-26 3:50
Looking at your series of St. Eustache church I am sure this is one of the most beautiful churches in Paris. Its design and Gothic architecture are stunning and so wonderful. Love it! I would like to visit this place one day again. Great post presenting the unique ceiling and stain glasses. Very well done and executed. TFS.
jhm (122474) 2012-08-26 3:55
I am a very great fan of interior picture certainly in churches.
Lovely how we see the window in background and the nice ceiling.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant for look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
timecapturer (30342) 2012-08-26 4:11
a perfectly executed interior shot, with golden light and a real sense of height and majesty. Beautiful intricate detailing and elegant lines. Exquisite!
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
Royaldevon (17791) 2012-08-26 4:32
A fine pov to show the elevation and fine architectural details of this church. The portrait style composition was important to allow the perspective to be appreciated. Excellent light management.
have a lovely Sunday,
Sergiom (39298) 2012-08-26 4:59
Un beau cadrage très symétrique du plafond de la cathédrale. La lumière est parfaitement gérée et tous les détails architecturaux sont parfaitement exposés.
JFS (32179) 2012-08-26 7:32
Good day to you George!
Impressive interior...I've never been in. Next time...thanks for sharing!
Highmountains (1834) 2012-08-26 12:08
A very good photograph with an appropriate elegant framing.
The rose window stands out in this photograph - framed by the vertical lines of the cloumns anmd the curves of the gothic arches.
The light and shade has been very well managed with the shadows enhancing the architectural beauty of the chuech. The artwork on the curved roof has been captures with good sharpness and the boldness of the lines are clear and deep.
Thanks for sharing.
Gigidusud (8098) 2012-08-26 12:11
Nice view of the interior church with an excellent POV and great details.Nice architectural shot!
Bon début de semaine.
carlosmarin (11948) 2012-08-26 12:15
Fantastic framing inside the church of St. Eustache.
I like the symmetry and sharpness.
Sonata11 (28375) 2012-08-26 16:07
beautiful interior architecture and the beautiful church. Stunningly beautiful composition and fantastic vertical frame too. Splendid colors, sharpness, clarity, fabulous POV. Very beautiful snapshot you done it and fantastic executed image. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a nice beginning new week,
chrisvek (5505) 2012-08-26 17:01
So interesting architectural details with a total taste of symmetry!Perfect colors and ligthnig management.Also so nice POV and framing.Well done!TFS
Have a great week
abmdsudi (26295) 2012-08-26 17:40
Very elegant and strong upload, It's the combination of lines, shapes, symmetry in warm tones that caught attentions coupled by the natural light filtering through the wealth of fabulous detail, crispy sharp and striking contrast. An eye-catching rendition of this wonderful interior indeed and this has great epth too. Great shot, TFS
jjcordier (62366) 2012-08-26 22:16
Excellente photo de l'intérieur de Saint-Eustache. Joli cadrage et bonne gestion de la lumière.
dkmurphys (36831) 2012-08-27 1:08
Impressive interior capture. The cathedral it sure looks amazing. Well catch, have a nice week.
npecanhuk (53913) 2012-08-27 4:01
Very beautiful picture!
Special regards to the chosen pov, vertical format, symmetrical format, colors and exposure!
TFS - congrats,
jlbrthnn (79773) 2012-08-27 4:19
The height of the nave is impressive. The architecture is effectively described. Good light and sharpness. Bravo.
Have a nice day
jemaflor (69011) 2012-08-27 4:45
Great pov very well framed, nice result, exposure is perfect, beautiful architecture wel presented, tfs.
Silvio1953 (98217) 2012-08-27 10:23
Ciao George, great POV on fantastic interior, beautiful simmetry, wonderful exposure, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
francio64 (38188) 2012-08-27 15:13
eccellente prospettiva dell'interno di questa chiesa.
Buona anche la simmetria.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/20 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-26 2:29