This is Paris: Church of Saint Nicolas des Champs

My ongoing saga to show some of the favorite Churches of Paris in my opinion continues with one seldom known or visit ,especially by visitors.  It’s time to get to know the little known beauties of Paris. I like to give a small introduction to the Church of Saint Nicolas des Champs.

The Church of Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs, is located on Rue Saint-Martin in the 3éme arrondissement or district of Paris. It is of flamboyant Gothic style dating from the 12-15C. The closest metro is Réaumur-Sébastopol on lines 3 and 4 and Arts-et-Métiers line 3 and 11.

A document of 1079 shows that a parish was erected for the population of the vicinity of St. Martin des Champs. . This population took such a development that a parish Chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas was built outside the monastery before 1119. The present Church, begun around 1420, was built for the greater part in the 16C.

On the day of Pentecost 1623, St. Louise of Marillac lived in this Church an outpouring of the spirit. As a result of this strong spiritual experience, and with the spiritual guide of Saint Vincent de Paul, she decided to found the congregation of the Daughters of Charity.

The Church is not well recognize and does not attract the eye of the passing crowds on rue Réaumur and rue Turbigo. Its size is however important with its 90 meters long, and 36 meters wide and its bell tower which rises to 32 meters. The portal of the building was completed in 1587 and is on the south side on rue Cunin-Guidaine.

The Church of Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs has been equipped with organs since 1418. The present organ dates from 1777 (Clicquot) and modified in 1930. In 1834, Louis Braille, inventor of the tactile writing system for the blind, was one of his incumbent organists. Édouard Batiste was organist from 1841 to 1854 and Michel Chakraborty from 1954 to 1972. Today, it is François Eric and Vincent Genvrin who hold the tribune of the great organs.

The Church maintains one of the only 17C monumental altarpieces still in place in a Parisian Church, painted by Simon Vouet, it rises 12 meters above the high altar and represents the assumption of the Virgin. Which, alone, is worth coming to see it

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

The parish webpage of Saint NIcolas des Champs;

Catholic Churches of Paris on Saint Nicolas des Champs:

Hope you stop by when walking the wonderful streets of Paris, the best way to see the city once in it.

Remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!



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