Prieure Saint Martin des Champs, Paris

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  • This church became Museum is very beautiful and when you visit the arts and crafts, it is difficult to enjoy its beautiful architecture while the contents of the Museum is so interesting
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  • The Priory of St. Martin in the fields, located in no. 292 of St. Martin's Street, is now included in the buildings of the National Conservatory of Arts and trades, CNAM, and can be visited with interest you can visit the Museum as well as the Church, which houses a collectio n of old machines on display on a large portico at 2 levels in metal in the nave. The Interior of the Church has been renovated and you can still see the vaults to warheads, Gothic sculptures, painted decorations and stained glass windows of the nave and the apse of the choir. The Museum is open certain days, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10: 00 to 21: 30 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 h to 18 h, access by the No. 60 Street Réaumur this Priory is established on the site of a Basilica Merovingian of the 7 th century devastated by the nor staying at the 9 th. Then the King Henri Ier founded a collegiate church in 1060, which continues its expansion until the 12 th century. This church is then dedicated to St. Martin, 1079, former soldier of the Roman empire became then, by his faith, and after many adventures, Bishop of Tours in 380. It's then that the Priory is transferred to the order of Cluny Abbey, he prospers and has an international reputation. Being located outside the walls of Paris, it is fortified, but nothing of this construction remains. On the other hand, under St. Louis, part of the Priory is enlarged and fortified, side North. There are still the corner of medieval style Tower, a fountain and some vestiges visible St. Martin Street and side street of the Vertbois, dating from the 13th century. By taking the Réaumur Street one can admire the outdoor elements of the architecture of the Church, with the nave and a round base parochial Romanesque truncated with roof, dating from the 11 th century. The origin of radiant Gothic refectory, today is the reading room of the library and cannot be visited. During the Revolution in 1798, the Church is disused and built on the locations of the Priory, the National Conservatory of Arts and professions for which today we see the buildings, with a monumental entrance Street Saint Martin. In 1801, it was decided to transform the nave in Exhibition Hall of machines. All will undergo some renovations and successive restorations, that make this building an amazing mix of styles! In 1769, the façade of the Church, is redone in the Baroque Jesuit style, as is the fashion at the time. Then then in 1852, no architectural reason, this façade was demolished and is replaced by another of NeoGothic style, we see today and which is, to say the least, anachronistic. The present Church is a stunning design, because it combines a plan of the choir of the Romanesque in clover, which dates from 1135, but with a part of its structure already in primitive Gothic. From the outside, we can easily see the unique Romanesque structure of the bedside Church has no transept. The nave to polychrome ceiling covered with panelling painted curved with cross beams and its walls aside large Gothic openings, date of the 13 th century for the most part. The nave is directly connected to the apse with a high arch to warheads and the massive pillars to ribs. A Foucault pendulum is hanging from the ceiling. The choir, more reduced height, has several chapels to radiant structure and is of stunning beauty by the batteries on top of limestone carved with plant decoration and figurines, ceiling on warheads, as well as windows and basement of style novel. Pillars were decorated with allegorical sculptures. This church is amazing by its various unusual structures, which have been well renovated and its use as part of the Museum. It deserves a visit in addition to the other more traditional showrooms of the CNAM.
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