Interior of Les Invalides Church, Paris
The Saint-Louis-des-Invalides is the main church of the Invalides complex; it is connected to the more famous royal chapel known as the Dôme des Invalides. The church was built in 1676. The soldiers who lived at the Invalides were forced to attend the daily mass, hence it is also known as the soldiers' church.
Church of Les Invalides history
Soon after the main Hôpital des Invalides had been completed, Louis XIV decided that the veterans also required a chapel to pray in. The soldiers’ chapel opened in 1677 - only one year after the completion of the main Hôpital des Invalides. The chapel was officially finished later, in 1679. The chapel is known as “Église Saint-Louis des Invalides”. After it had been completed, daily attendance was required for all the veterans staying at Les Invalides. During the French Revolution, buildings and symbols of the monarchy and the Catholic Church were often attacked and damaged. The Église Saint-Louis was no exception and the church was ransacked during the revolution. As a result, it lost many of its treasures. During a period after the revolution, the church was unofficially said to have lost its religious purpose and it was unofficially renamed to “The temple of Mars” after the Roman god of War. After the Revolution, all French orders of chivalry were abolished. Later when Napoleon Bonaparte came to power, he wanted to reward civilians and soldiers for their brave deeds and not for their nobility rankings. This led to the formation of a new Order called Légion d’Honneur; the Legion of Honor. The Order’s very first decoration ceremony took place here in this church on July 15th, 1804. In 1837, the chapel area of Église Saint-Louis was separated from dome area by a large glass wall. From that date and on, the chapel area is considered to be the Église Saint-Louis des Invalides and the dome area has been given a new name; Église du Dôme.
Why visit Church of Les Invalides ?
Église Saint-Louis is truly one of a kind. When entering this church, visitors say it is unlike any other church in Paris. In contrast to many of the Gothic churches in Paris, the Saint-Louis church is very light and the much of the interior consists of white shining marble. This background is embraced throughout the church, as visitors can see a multitude of different banners and flags hanging from the walls. The church is also unique in the fact that it is still rather unknown, despite being located on a major tourist site. Many of the people who visit the church never heard of it prior to their Paris visit, so it is still somewhat of a hidden gem inside the Les Invalides. Another evidence of the church’s military connection can be found under it, in its crypt. Under Les Invalides and Église Saint-Louis lie a large number of French 19th and 20th century officers and generals interred.
The soliders church
“The Soldiers Church”, as it is sometimes called, is not only known for its military background. The church also houses one of the largest instruments in France; its beautiful organ. The organ is located at the back of the chapel, above the entrance.
Anyone who has seen it will tell you it is not only large, but also very beautiful. The original organ was built during year 1686, but has throughout the year received many restorations. There are still however, some original stops from the 17th century left in the organ. (Source: lesinvalideschurch)
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JFS (32457) 2012-09-28 2:09
What can i say? Amazing photo and amazing interior, the light is excellent and the symmetry too.
All the best!
mjdundee (4657) 2012-09-28 2:12
Indeed a very inviting looking church compared to most other dark and grey looking places.
Great note. TFS - have a nice WE.
cornejo (25477) 2012-09-28 3:03
Hello György, very good photo of this interesting interior, nice and interesting picture with crisp, deep, but bright and beautiful color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Best regards and best wishes.
tedesse (24674) 2012-09-28 3:22
Great POV showing the beauty of the interior of Les Invalides Church.
Wonderful golden tones, excellent sharpness.
Have a nice day
timecapturer (41754) 2012-09-28 3:52
magical interior shot this, full of wonderful intricate detail and in a glorious light. Executed flawlessly and a striking presentation. Beautiful!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
janjan1897 (835) 2012-09-28 4:01
A superb church interior shot with a good diffused light and a great depth of field. I like the central symmetrical view to the vaulted ceiling and the way the light brings out the details. A perfectly executed shot.
Sonata11 (32261) 2012-09-28 4:29
this interior is very beautiful. Fantastic and very attractive church with so many beautiful details. Wonderfully executed from fantastic POV. I like this daily life composition and great framework as well. Great photo job. I like it. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
snunney (76358) 2012-09-28 4:38
A great capture of this wonderful interior. Excellent point of view and splendid symmetry. Lovely warm tones and exceptional clarity.
Sergiom (50520) 2012-09-28 5:20
Un cadrage vertical parfait. La symétrie est excellente ainsi que la gestion de la lumière difficile à l'intérieur de ces grandes cathédrales.. Les détails sont d'une grande netteté.
SnapRJW (26978) 2012-09-28 5:44
An amazingly intricate and sumptuous interior George. Well done on creating an image which simplifies and makes sense of all the decorative elements. A beautifully composed and managed shot. Warm regards rosemary
uddedge (111) 2012-09-28 8:27
Wonderful capture of this exquisite church. Great detail brought out by your choice of dof
dale54 (5918) 2012-09-28 9:42
george hi,well done shot in this awsome church,love the light in this,great crop! dr
carlo62 (23658) 2012-09-28 11:16
taglio al millimetro per questa navata, controllo delle luci splendido. Un gran bel risultato.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-09-28 11:56
This is one of the exciting places in Paris. Photo gathers interesting symbols. The sharpness and depth are excellent, as the exposure of the photo. Bravo.
Have a nice day
jjcordier (70505) 2012-09-28 22:13
Très belle photo de l'intérieur des Invalides. Très bon cadrage et excellent redressement des verticales. Du très beau travail!
SWEETFREEDOM (20804) 2012-09-28 23:37
perfect simmetry and p.o.v. good details and light management.
siudzi (29617) 2012-09-28 23:52
Incredibly amazing interior shot! Love it! You have achieved a great lighting effect, superb golden toness and great symmetry in your composition. Bravo! Beautiful work!
siamesa (27701) 2012-09-29 0:57
Bom dia George
The interior of thie church is spectacular.Superb capture.Very beautiful golden color of the composition.
jhm (131794) 2012-09-29 1:38
A lovely vertical church interior.
Wonderful image with the fence in foreground.
Nice depth and perspective, good light management.
Very well composition, well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
dkmurphys (44589) 2012-09-29 6:02
Very fine capture of the impressive interior. Great decorations and architecture, well seen.
Have a nice day.
Highmountains (2255) 2012-10-05 12:16
Facinatingly bright and warm colours. The small entrance to the nave in the forefront is sharp and rich in detail.The columns on either side is well lit and the seriese of arched columns - right up to the altar is brilliantly clear and vivid.
The photograph is appropriately framed.
Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-13
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-28 2:00