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Saint Eustache Church - Les Halles - History
Saint Eustache Church district
Saint Eustache Church is located near Les Halles.
The district started to develop in the late 12th century after the construction of Philippe-Auguste's Wall, which enclosed the right bank of Paris.
The Louvre fortress and Les Halles market were built and triggered the appearance of new communities.
In 1213 a wealthy inhabitant of Paris built a small chapel for the workers of Les Halles.
The dwellings built in the vicinity of the chapel soon became a village then a vibrant district.
The population expended steadily over the centuries.
By the 1500s the modest chapel had become obsolete.
It was replaced therefore by a large church dedicated to St. Eustache, a Christian martyr who lived during the 2nd century AD.
The legend has it that he and his family were burnt alive after being locked in a giant bronze bull statue which was set alight.
Saint Eustache Church, one of the largest Gothic churches
Saint Eustache Church boasts imposing dimensions: 100m long by 43m wide and 33.50 m high!
The construction of Saint Eustache Church stretched over 105 years.
The original plans were respected, however, the architect is unknown!
The imposing facade is French Renaissance.
It blends with the Gothic main building.
It was, however, rebuilt to the identical in 1854 after being partially cracked as a result of subsidence.
The left tower has two bells; the largest weighs 200kg.
Saint Eustache Church - Interior
The nave and transept are Gothic, the South door Renaissance.
The south transept is decorated with a tapestry originally woven for the chapel of Versailles.
It was amazingly re-discovered in the attic of the church in 1926!
It was restored in the workshops of the prestigious Manufacture des Gobelins.
The chancel is adorned with a splendid stained glass representing Saint-Eustache in The Midst of the Apostles.
The Chapelle de la Vierge (1640) is adorned with a statue sculpted by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle.
The wall paintings are more recent; they were indeed created by Thomas Couture during the 19th century.
The clock that faces the chapel was installed in 1718 and was restored by the clock-maker Lepaute in 1851.
The splendid Churchwardens' pew was a present of the Regent of France, Philippe d' Orléans, in 1720.
The imposing organ dates from 1854.
Who worshipped in Saint Eustache Church?
The majestic Saint Eustache Church was chosen as place of worship by many kings and illustrious people.
Mozart's mother was buried in the church.
It is located in the chapel to the left of the chancel.
Saint Eustache Church is considered the Mecca of Sacred Music in Paris.
Directions: 1st district
Metro: Les Halles on Line 4
Coordinates: Lat 48.863393 - Long 2.345099
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