The church of st-germain-des-Pres, Paris
The interior of St-Germain-des-Pres. (Photo by Holle Hayes)

An ancient church in Paris, France

The oldest church in Paris, the Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a wonderfully pell-mell conglomeration of elements from its 542 founding through its 11th century makeover plus the various fits of patching up it's taken over the centuries (especially after a disastrous fire in 1794).

Which is how it has 6th century columns supporting Romanesque arches under Gothic vaulted ceilings.

In the church's dim interior, in the Chapelle Saint-Benoît at the back right corner, 17th-century philosopher and math whiz René Descartes (at least I think it's Descartes, therefore it must be) rests in peace below a black tombstone that is, appropriately, as flat as a Cartesian plane.

Don't miss the great crèpe stand on the south flank of the church on bd. Saint-Germain.

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The church of St-Germain-des-Pres, Paris
The church of St-Germain-des-Pres. (Photo by Moonik)

 

 

The effect of the sunlight streaming through the stained-glass windows of St-Germain-des-Pres, Paris
The effect of the sunlight streaming through the stained-glass windows of St-Germain-des-Pres. (Photo by Mrs. Knook)