Interior of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, Paris
Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, one of many interesting churches in Paris, houses the reliquary which used to hold the body of Sainte-Geneviève, patroness of Paris. Of equal importance is the only surviving choir screen in Paris.
The relatively small but remarkable Church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont is tucked behind the massive Pantheon. The church replaced a small chapel dedicated to Sainte Geneviève, patroness of Paris. The chapel was part of the Sainte Geneviève abbey.
The church was built over a period of more than 100 years, with construction starting in 1492 and ending in 1626. This resulted in a mixture of architectural styles, including gothic and renaissance. The front facade, which consists of no less than three pediments, even features a classical porch.
The abbey was demolished in the 18th century, only the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont and the bell tower of the abbey (the Tour Clovis) survived. The church suffered much damage during the French Revolution but was renovated thoroughly during the 19th century.
While the exterior, and specifically the front facade and bell tower are elegantly designed, the beauty of the church is inside. The renaissance choir screen with double spiraling staircase - the only surviving example in Paris - is truly magnificent.
Another attraction is the golden reliquary which used to hold the remains of Sainte Geneviève and a number of relics. Sainte Geneviève is the patron saint of Paris and Parisians regularly brought the relics in a procession from the church to the Notre Dame Cathedral and back in the belief that it would stave off catastrophes such as the plague and floods.
This ceremony was brought to an end in 1793 when revolutionaries burned the body of Sainte Geneviève and melted the relics at the Place de Grève in front of the city hall. Only the tomb survived.
Important French figures such as playwright Jean Racine and physicist Blaise Pascal are buried inside the church. (Source: aviewoncities/paris)
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danos (73974) 2012-09-02 3:37
Good morning george,
very nice hte light and the colour management of the interior of the St-Étienne church with the arcade to creates depth and perspective in the image.
I like the clarity as the sharpness of the image.
Have a good Sunday,Danos
timecapturer (30324) 2012-09-02 3:47
a superb interior shot, with so much detail and a great sense of height. Subtle light that makes the image so attractive and beautiful.
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
snunney (67334) 2012-09-02 4:08
The perfect Sunday image. A fine capture of this magnificent interior, which is shown in superb detail. Well chosen point of view complemented by excellent light management. Have a good one!
jhm (122444) 2012-09-02 4:29
You know that I am a very great fan of church interiors as this.
Nice depth and perspective picture with a lovely ceiling.
Excellent compositio, sharpness and clarity are fantastic.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice Sunday,
Sergiom (39223) 2012-09-02 4:32
Quel impressionnant intérieur d'église.Le cadrage vertical donne une impression de hauteur et d'ampleur .J'aime beaucoup les escaliers tournants en arrière plan.
holmertz (26932) 2012-09-02 4:47
Another fine interior shot. I am impressed by your good handling of the light inside the cathedral. My experience is that they usually give a rather dark impression. The good sharpness allows us to see the fine details well and the colours seem to be very natural.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-09-02 7:01
Truly amazing! This vertical shot is nicely captured showing from floor to ceiling with all the details . The colors, sharpness and lighting are perfect.
rbellemare (2087) 2012-09-02 7:38
Great presentation of the inside of this church. The sharpness of your picture allows us to see all the beautiful details of this church.
Schnappilic (7927) 2012-09-02 8:50
Wonderful presentation of the interior of this church. The architecture is gorgeous and POV was right selected. Great result! Congratulations!
All the best,
Sonata11 (28331) 2012-09-02 9:15
Oh!!!! what an impressively beautiful interior architecture of this church and the ceiling, pillars, fabulous details, awesome!!!!. Wonderfully captured and magificent executed photo. Fantastic work. I really like it. Very beautioful and elegant photo.
Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a nice Sunday,
mohammad_H (6598) 2012-09-02 9:27
Hello dear friend
Super beautiful and elegant decorative patterns and designs
Good night and I hope to succeed in life and be happy
JFS (32129) 2012-09-02 9:42
I find this one even nicer that the former one. Incredible light and sharpness, a marvel! thanks George!
Silvio1953 (98129) 2012-09-02 10:33
Ciao George, great perspective on fantastic interior, lovely symmetry, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
kathryn_weir (1742) 2012-09-02 11:30
This is a stunning image with fine detail and wonderful depth. You have captured the many layers and perfectly mastered the light
Thanks for sharing
bona (10144) 2012-09-02 17:32
great photo from inside this wonderful church. I really like the architecture and the light. The exposition control was perfect.
jjcordier (62328) 2012-09-02 23:11
Très bonne photo montrant bien la remarquable architecture intérieure de Saint-Étienne-du-Mont. Belle maitrise de la lumière.
dkmurphys (36801) 2012-09-03 1:00
Another impressive interior capture. I like the architecture and the decorations. Well catch!
jlbrthnn (79773) 2012-09-03 4:32
Cette église est intéressante. La photo donne une bonne idée de son architecture intérieure. Un bon cadrage, et une excellente qualité. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Graal (88886) 2012-09-03 7:08
Jó napot George,
very nice interior of Parisian church. Good symmetry and composition. I like the details of architecture. Well informations and photowork.
Have a nice day.
siudzi (23879) 2012-09-03 14:01
This is another amazing interior captured during your stay in Paris. Love the golden tones and lights which created a very special look of this place. Well done, TFS!
siamesa (27449) 2012-09-03 16:29
Boa noite George
The interior of this church is marvelous and very rich. Spectacular capture. Superb colors.
amaryllis (30149) 2012-09-04 6:23
superbe photo de cet intérieur d'église, imposante, belle architecture, un cadrage excellent nous permettant de voir presque l'ensemble
bravo pour cette superbe composition
francio64 (38188) 2012-09-04 13:18
ottimo punto di ripresa per mostrare al meglio l'interno di questa bella chiesa.
Ottima gestione della luce e bella simmetria.
Angshu (51174) 2012-09-07 3:29
Lovely interior shot with fine vaulted ceiling. The details & colours are fascinating! Like the contrast created by the chairs. Have never been to this church, but seeing your picture, maybe I should!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-14
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/20 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-02 3:28