We continue to acquaint you with interesting historical places of Paris which create unique atmosphere of the city and attract millions of tourists from all over the world. Now the next in turn is magnificent church of Saint Germain l’Auxerrois (L’église Saint Germain l’Auxerrois) – admirable monument of the late, or as it is sometimes called, “flame” Gothic.
The temple is located in the heart of the French capital in the 1st district of the city at Louvre square to the east from the most visited museum in the world. The church was built in honor of Saint Germain, who was a Gallo-Roman bishop in the first half of the 5th century AD in Auxerre. During more than one and a half thousand years this historic person has being considered one of the most hallowed Saints of France.
The modern church of Saint Germain l’Auxerrois is located on the site of an ancient pagan sanctuary which was built at the times when the country was ruled by the Merovingians.
Like many other churches throughout Europe the church of Saint Germain of Auxerre was a real medieval protracted construction and saw many reconstructions. The oldest part of this architectural structure is a Romanesque bell tower, built in the 12th century, and the main entrance to the church and its choir belong to the 13th century. The magnificent stained-glass windows were added in the 15th century, the side portal of the temple – in the 17th.
At the time when the Louvre was the residence of the kings of France the Saint Germain l’Auxerrois church had been the ecclesiastical benefice of Valois.
The history of this temple has not only pleasant moments. So, one of its bell tower signaled the beginning of the Massacre of St. Bartholomew.
As it happens with many temples in Europe, L’église Saint Germain l’Auxerrois became the last refuge for famous figures – many representatives of French art intellectuals are buried here. The temple is very popular among the thousands of tourists visiting Paris, it attracts them with its unique architecture.