Cathédrale Saint Etienne de Meaux!

So I am winding down my visit to my beloved city of Meaux, plenty written on it on previous posts so will be short and to the point. The St Stephen Cathedral of Meaux is what is on the title and it is one of the great Gothic Cathedrals of France.

I have written several articles on it ,with the last been last Dec17, here is the post: My previous post Dec17 on the Cathedrale St Etienne of Meaux

So, therefore, will cut it short. However, you know it , you must see it at least once;not too far from Paris gare de l’Est station direct and also near Disneyland which is nearby in Seine et Marne dept 77 not Paris but the name is catchy lol!!

The pays de Meaux region tourist office in French on it: Official tourist office of Meaux St Stephen Cathedral

A bit more on the latest history of its construction:

In 1317, the king of France Philippe V along donated a plot to build two additional radiant chapels. Around 1331-1335, a bourgeois of Meaux, Jean de Rose (today a boulevard name after him) , financially supported the construction of the last lateral chapel to the right of the nave. In 1335, King Philip VI allowed the extension of the nave of three bays, the latter, located to the west of the building.   The work resumed in 1390, with the construction of the left part of the first three bays; The construction site lasts until 1410. The first three bays of the nave were completed only during the second half of the 15C. Further work still follows: the fourth and fifth spans of the nave are modified to display the flamboyant style at the end of the 15C. The North tower was finally completed following a long campaign ranging from 1505 to 1540. As for the North Gate, it was completed before 1506. The same goes for the first north side chapel of the nave. Most of the stained glass windows were executed in the 19C and are therefore of recent construction. Some stained glass windows date back to the 14C, like the one at the back of the altar.

The main figure here and also one of the better known in French history was  Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704) was the most famous of the bishops of Meaux. Particularly renowned for his eloquence, he preached repeatedly before the king and the court and was even instructed to instruct the Dauphin, son of Louis XIV, for ten years. In 1681, he obtained the Siege of Meaux, which had the advantage of being close enough to Paris and of Versailles to allow it to maintain its ties with the court, while ensuring the direction of his diocese. It was also dubbed the Eagle of Meaux as opposed   to Fénelon, the “Swan of Cambrai”, whose style was more suave. The two prelates are fought on the question of “quietism”, a mystical approach to the divinity of which Bossuet obtained the condemnation. He was one of the most ardent proponents of the conversion of Protestants, imposed by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. In the context of the administration of his diocese, Bossuet sought to combat anything which, in his view, threatened to threaten the greetings from the faithful. He was fiercely hostile to the puppets and the dance that distracted his flock.   Comparing his condemnation with the position of the Church towards the actors like what happened to Molière’s death at the same time.

After a slow and painful agony, Bossuet dies in a house currently located at 46 Rue Bossuet in Paris on April 12, 1704 of the formation of kidney stone disease. The funeral services were done at the Church of Saint Roch in Paris.  The Cathedral of Meaux houses the tomb of Bossuet, located near the high altar, as well as two monuments in white marble erected in memory of the famous bishop. The most imposing of these sculptures, installed in 1911 in the north side of the nave, at the top of a pedestal flanked by four characters: Henriette de France, pour qui Bossuet fit l’oraison funèbre le Dauphin pour qui Bossuet fut le précepteur , Louise de La Valliere, mistress of Louis XIV who entered the convent of Carmel on the advice of Bossuet   and Turenne; converti par Bossuet . On the reverse is also carved a bust in medallion, with the inscription Rocroi ;   showing the event of the Prince of Condé who won the Battle of Rocroi in 1643 under the influence of Bossuet.

There is a museum Bossuet on his story and that of the city of Meaux and the Cathedral very nice and worth going in. This time I arrive late but a nice night shot looks very nice me think. Right behind the Cathedral in what was the episcopal palace and also has nice gardens jardin Bossuet! Enjoy it; the webpage is here: Musée Bossuet de Meaux


Definitively you need to see it and come back to tell me about it. Cathédrale Saint Etienne or St Stephen’s Cathedral of Meaux.

I like to show you a pictorial of it here: Of course any questions you can ask me on the photos or anything on the Cathedral.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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