Eglise Saint-Roch, Paris

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The Church of Saint-Roch is a late Baroque church in Paris, dedicated to Saint Roch. Located at 284 rue Saint-Honoré, in the 1st arrondissement, it was built between 1653 and 1740. The church is organized as a series of chapels. One of them is dedicated to Saint Susanna in memory of the church which used to stand in its place. Accordingly, there is a mural painting above the altar, showing Saint Susanna fleeing her attackers, and looking up to the heavens for the help of God. The Marquis de Sade was married in this church on May 17, 1763.
In 1521, the tradesman Jean Dinocheau had a chapel built on the outskirts of Paris, which he dedicated to Saint Susanna. In 1577, his nephew Etienne Dinocheau had it extended into a larger church. In 1629, it became the parish church and thereafter underwent further work. The first stone of the church of Saint-Roch was laid by Louis XIV in 1653, accompanied by his mother Anne of Austria. Originally designed by Jacques Lemercier, the building's construction was halted in 1660 and was resumed in 1701 under the direction of architect Jacques Hardouin-Mansart, brother of the better-known Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Work was finally completed in 1754.
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  • Very nice and spacious, imposing like everything in Paris. Place of great devotion since time immemorial. Egregious characters such as Moliere, Diderot or Manzoni came here to pray or were buried, such is the importance of this temple of subaltern and minor appearance. Louis XIV would place the first stone in 1653. It goes unjustly unnoticed. Inside you breathe calm, ideal for praying, meditating. Beautiful ornamentation. He deserves a visit.
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  • Masses are at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m,1130, and 6:30 p.m., On Sundays. The church is absolutely beautiful. Lots of history. The services were held in the very back of the church behind the main a...  more »
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  • Stumbled onto this church by accident. Had no idea what it would unfold once entered, and waw it did not disappoint. After literally wandering into here, I sat for a good while just taking in the astonishing architecture, then walked around to fully take in the whole place. Just jaw-dropping dedication and investment. Would totally recommend it to anyone in the area.
  • We stumbled upon this 17th century baroque church while waiting for our Giverny trip. After short prayers, we marveled at the murals and sculptures which, though not famous, were as beautiful and as historical as those in Notre Dame. And then... and then... suddenly we heard celestial voices seemingly emanating from its walls (as the church seemed empty without us).
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