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.HistoryIn 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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  • This dark exterior hides an amazing interior! You will be delighted and astonished by the detail and the view toward the altar, which goes on and on; you can see all the way to a rear chapel of the cr...  more »
  • Despite the relatively airy small square, there are so many buildings all around, that one can pass by without realizing it, especially if one arrives from the Royal Street. A few steps from the Tuileries, one is first surprised by its façade, rather Baroque with a hint of classicism, which differs relatively from what one is accustomed to see. Very beautiful by the way. I do not know why, but I was also pleasantly surprised when entering. Already, an impression of space and for cause since I have been told that it is one of the longest in Paris. Then, for my part, the ceiling adorned with exceptional paintings and enhanced by a magnificent dome, particularly highlighted me, as well as the other murals. It is beautifully highlighted and quite clear thanks to a series of relatively large transparent stained glass Windows. However, there was one before and one after French Revolution, during which time it was well put to harm undergoing the multiplication of looting. Only a few works have been recovered over time. To know that this church is associated with artists. Many artists have been buried there over the centuries.
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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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