Friday, April 24, 2009

Saint Julien le Pauvre

The Eglise Saint Julien le Pauvre (French for Church of Saint Julian the Poor) , is a Melkite Greek Catholic church. 
It was first a small chapel in the time of Lutèce and was destroyed in 886. Built in Gothic style during the 13th century (it was finished around 1240) this "new" church is known as the oldest church in Paris. It is located in the 5th arrondissement, on the Left Bank of the Seine River not far from Notre Dame cathedral.  Don't we feel like being somewhere in Greece ? 
The little garden around the church is very nice and romatic and offers a perfect view on Notre Dame.


Sally said...

It's a lovely, small side of paris .
Sorry I haven't been commenting much lately - combination of life circumstances. SDP has had a 3rd birthday and you're invited to the party!
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James said...

Looks wonderful. I always thought
St-Germain des Pres was the oldest.

Jill said...

Oh, I found it, and just around the corner from Shakespeare. You are so right about the view of ND. Such a lovely shot and info--thanks so much!

Laurent said...

You're right James, Saint Germain des Près is also called the oldest church in Paris. The fact is that these churches have been built, destroyed and rebuilt many times so it all depends on the date they take to say it is the oldest.

tapirgal said...

I've always loved this church, but I don't remember if I've ever seen the inside. I think it was open once when I was there a long time ago. It has a special feel to it, beautiful location and interesting history. I was happy to find it on your blog. My photos of it are mostly taken on dark days.