Eglise Sainte-Odile, Paris

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A site of natural beauty, Eglise Sainte-Odile is a garden that provides a haven in the bustling city of Paris. It is a place you can stroll among the white maples of Virginia, the black pines of Austria, the blue cedars of the Atlas, and beautiful weeping birches. The little garden is a paradise for children who love to play games of knights and castles.

Among the greenery, a magnificent Byzantine-style church will awe you. The highlight of this building is surely the stained glass windows at the altar, which create a beautiful mosaic. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Eglise Sainte-Odile and many more Paris attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Paris holiday maker app .
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  • This beautiful "Neo Byzantine" style building dates from 1946 and is dedicated to Saint Odile ("Daughter of Lights") patron saint of the Alsatians. While, just after the war, Alsace has just been reintegrated into France. Built on the ancient fortifications of Paris, under Thiers, which were dismantled in 1919, it is intended for the poor of this area. It was a young architect of 31 years, Jacques Barge ( 1904-1979 ) then unknown , who led the construction. It lasted from 1935 to 1946, due in part to the war. Built of reinforced concrete, it is covered with Alsace brick siding in pink sandstone of Saverne. It has a high minaret-shaped bell tower 72 m high (in reference to the 72 disciples of Christ), polygonal in shape and with an open upper structure. The traditional "Galois Rooster" rises above the building. What strikes upon arrival, is the large and superb porch. One must dwell on the sculpted eardrum that represents Saint Odile presented at the Holy Trinity surrounded by musical angels, of the most beautiful effect. The style is figurative but stripped of any superfluous ornament. The interior is a major work, which has involved many artists. The nave, with its large arches of full hanger, takes place under three open domes, symbols of the "Holy Trinity". They are made of concrete veil covered with copper. The lower sides are open edits with large glass windows in polychrome stained glass in the shape of lancets. They are the work of a brilliant Master Verrier, François Décorchemont (1880-1971). They represent the Saints of the Gospel and the life of Saint Odile. The low sides are supported by low pillars with two columns with capitals representing characters marching for the pilgrimage to Mont Saint Odile in Alsace. (High Place of Alsatian Christianity since the 8th century) Finally, the choir under vault, is adorned with a altarpiece made of 7 high panels in red copper pushed back and enamelled. They represent the 7 churches of the New Testament Revelation, located in Asia Minor, under the Roman Empire (present-day Turkey) including Smyrne, Ephesus, Pergamum, etc. This altarpiece supported by 12 marble columns (symbol of the 12 apostles) is the work of the Master Emailleur, Robert Barriot (1898-1970). The altar is another work of art, made of shattered glass, mosaic and enamels, which represents two peacocks, symbols of Immortality! It was Master Verrier Auguste Labouret (1871-1964) who created this exceptional gem. The low lighting of this part, is a handicap to appreciate these works. This involves coming on a day of great sunshine if possible and in the morning, because the sun floodthe windows. This church, located on Mallarmé Avenue, in the 17th arrondissement, has been listed as a Historic Monument since 2001. It is accessible by the metro station "Porte Champerret" line 3 .
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  • An original art deco site and remarkable verrières designed and executed by François Decorchemont.
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  • Sainte-Odile church is a Catholic church located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris near the Porte de Champerret. There’s beautiful garden adjacent.
  • Clean and renovated church. Cool temperature attention winter it is very cold;)
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