The Church Saint Nicolas at Maisons Laffitte!

And I bring you to my old dept Yvelines no 78 west of Paris in the same region of Ïle de France. This was a gem that I saw more for the wonderful gourmand store in Longueil that I have written before in my blog. After getting to the town, I found out the wonderful castle and the church. Again , the castle I told you before. I figure need to do justice and tell you about the Church of Saint Nicolas.

A bit about the town itself.

Maisons-Laffitte is located 10 km from Saint-Germain-en-Laye and 18 km from Paris. Maisons-Laffitte is on the left bank of the Seine river, and adjacent to the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The territory, also encompasses part of an island of the Seine, l’île de la Commune. The town borders the towns of Saint-Germain-en-Laye as well as about 800 meters bordering Achères-and the Mesnil-Le-Roi. It is separated by the Seine river from Sartrouville and Cormeilles-en-Parisis. The train line of Paris-Saint-Lazare to Le Havre get you here, as well as the RER A Transilien line L trains.

Saint Nicolas Church, rue de la Muette was built from 1867 to 1872 on the grounds of one of the old cemeteries, offered by the city. This church was built in the 12C as evidenced by the base of the bell tower, it will be renovated in the 13C and then enlarged in the 15C when a side-aisle addition to the south. It is disaffected in 1897 and the use is granted to firefighters who will serve as their barracks. They will do the drilling and modification of certain bays. Restored nowadays it now serves as a show room entertainment. Among the curiosity of this church is a vault vaulted in a cradle accessible by a door located below the Church.

Maisons laffitte

Maisons laffitte

A bit more of history I like

The first Lords of Maisons built a church dedicated to St. Nicolas. Around 1087, Geoffroy 1er gave the Church of Maisons to the Abbey of Coulombs located in Chartres territory. The latter installed a Benedictine Priory in the vicinity under the term Saint-Germain. The Romanesque style bell tower is probably from the 12C. At the end of the Hundred Years War the village and the Church were burned by the English. The nave was rebuilt and enlarged from a low-side whose style is characteristic of the 15C. In 1630, Vincent de Paul came to preach at Maisons. He erected a charity for the relief of the poor. The gallery and the work bench that we see on the engraving were only built in 1749. The two stained glass windows that illuminate the nave possessed stained glass from the early 16C depicting a crowned Virgin carrying the child Jesus and a Saint Nicolas. The altarpiece of the master altar is now in the sacristy of the Church of St. Nicholas. The Church was decommissioned in 1897.

Maisons laffitte

So therefore even if we still call it a church,it is not now used for religious services but rather as a cultural center to house temporary exhibits and events for the city of Maisons Laffitte. It is interesting to see this transformation. Hope you enjoy it as easy to reach from Paris.

Couple of webpages to help you plan your trip here are

City of Maisons Laffitte on heritage

Tourist office of Maisons Laffitte on the Church

There you go another dandy and for a change, it is not a real functioning Church! Nevertheless, equally important for its architecture in a very nice upscale city of the west of Paris. Enjoy the so call St Nicolas Church in Maisons Laffitte.

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


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