Interior of St. Sulpice Church (The Great Organ), Paris
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.
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.
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), where Eugène Delacroix created impressive wall paintings, entitled 'Jacob Wrestling with the Angel' and 'Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple'.
The Great Organ
The church's organ (1781) is one of the world's largest, with 6,588 pipes, and has been played by musicians like Marcel Dupré and Charles-Mari Widor. St-Sulpice is still known for its music today, and frequent concerts are held here. The organ was constructed by Aristide Cavaille-Coll, the case was designed by Chalgrin, and the statues were made by Clodion.
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. (Source: aviewoncities/paris)
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lousat (71321) 2012-09-30 1:35
Hi George,the interior ceilings are always fascianated me,remember my pic from your parliament? This is beautiful too,a great architechture and a magnificent capture whit the best exposure,details and colors.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
JFS (32459) 2012-09-30 1:46
GEORGE, YOUR CHURCH INTERIORS ARE MAGNIFICENT, I'D SAY, UNIQUE! THANKS A LOT MY FRIEND.
HAVE A GOOD SUNDAY!
bukitgolfb301 (34210) 2012-09-30 2:15
Hi dear George
Great interior shot. Sharp focusing adds tasty atmosphere. Nice light control by getting good day light. I can perceive the deep culture and tradition of great Europe via this nice shot. Thank you for your sharing and have a good Sunday night!
Takero from Tokyo
Guenther (10915) 2012-09-30 2:20
a spectacular ceiling shot including the whole organ! Perfectly balanced light... a great view, thanks for sharing.
Have a nice Sunday
tedesse (25045) 2012-09-30 3:02
Splendid point of view showing the beauty of the ceiling of the main nave and choir and the organs of the church St. Sulpice in Paris. Excellent sharpness, lovely colours and light.
Have a nice day
snunney (78641) 2012-09-30 3:31
A great capture of this beautiful interior with its magnificent organ. Exposure is spot on and the detail is superb. Thanks for sharing and have a good Sunday.
trevormoffiet (2202) 2012-09-30 4:12
You have positioned yourself well to capture in perfect symmetry this view of the organ and the ceiling. Nice palette of browns and creams.
Sergiom (53605) 2012-09-30 5:34
J'aime beaucoup la perspective sur le beau plafond.La symétrie est des plus efficace et la contre plongée donne beaucoup d'ampleur à l'oeuvre.
vasilpro (40701) 2012-09-30 7:39
Wonderful interior composition with excellent architectural details, beautiful light and vivid colours, Tfs!
Have a nice Sunday evening, Vasilis.
Cricri (100205) 2012-09-30 8:54
Une précision impeccable dans le cadrage qui inclus a la fois le plafond et l'orgue, une lumière parfaite sur les détails et le contraste des couleurs, belle architecture intérieur
siamesa (27703) 2012-09-30 11:01
Boa tarde George
Simply perfect.This photo is magnificent. The interior of this churc is marvelous. Very well done.
carlosmarin (11954) 2012-09-30 11:23
Nice framing of the interior of St. Sulpice, very balanced and very detailed.
kordinator (14829) 2012-09-30 11:28
A great capture of this beautiful interior with its magnificent organ.
Exposure is spot on and the detail is superb.
Schnappilic (9686) 2012-09-30 11:39
I remembered this beautiful cathedral from Paris with superb ceiling. The framing is so good. Also the exposure and sharpness. TFS!
All the best,
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-09-30 14:52
Your note describes an interesting way the amazing features of this church. The picture is spectacular. The quality is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice evening
jjcordier (72548) 2012-09-30 22:33
Très bon cadrage vertical guidant lil de l'orgue au plafond. Excellent travail de PP sur les couleurs donnant de l'originalité à cette très bonne photo.
dkmurphys (45787) 2012-10-01 2:00
Spectacular interior capture. I like the architecture and the colors. Well taken.
Sonata11 (33081) 2012-10-01 19:33
what a spectacular interior of this church.
The organs are fantastic with so many figures and so many details. Overall this picture is magnificent. Very beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
SWEETFREEDOM (21512) 2012-10-06 0:19
great p.o.v. and simmetry, beautiful ceiling and organ, nice colors.
mkamionka (29153) 2012-10-07 0:37
beautiful interior. I like your perfectly symmetrical presentation. Very impressive, congratulations!
francio64 (38264) 2012-10-13 4:56
bella prospettiva e ottima simmetria sull'interno di questa chiesa con l'organo a canne protagonista della scena.
sacavem (18610) 2012-10-22 6:09
The church have rich and invaluable interiors, of any beauty.Well managed interior lighting with excellent colors.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-19
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/4 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-30 0:59