Saint-Augustin Church, Paris

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The Église Saint-Augustin de Paris is a Catholic church located at 46 boulevard Malesherbes in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. The church was designed to provide a prominent vista at the end of the boulevard both of which were built during Haussmann's renovation of Paris under the Second French Empire. The closest métro station is Saint-Augustin 15px 15px
Haussmann's PlanDuring the reign of Napoleon III in the 1850s and 60s Paris experienced a dramatic transformation under the direction of Georges-Eugène Haussmann. Haussmann cut many boulevards through the crowded, medieval city placing prominent public buildings at the boulevard ends to provide impressive vistas. The boulevard Malesherbes was laid out cutting northwest from La Madeleine. Saint-Augustin, close to the spot where Haussmann was born, was built to provide a counterpoint to the famous columns of La Madeleine at the other end of the boulevard. It was also designed to be visible from the Arc de Triomphe down the avenue de Friedland. The chosen site, an odd shaped lot at the intersection of four streets, and the need for a dome of 200ft so as to be visible from the Arc de Triomphe, dictated unusual proportions for the building. The church was designed by Haussmann's fellow Protestant, architect Victor Baltard who also famously designed Les Halles markets. While Baltard's use of iron in Saint-Augustin's structure is praised for its inventiveness, at least one critic has described the church as, "an eyesore: ridiculously sited, without proportion, crushed beneath an outsized dome." The neighborhood around the church is now one of the most expensive in Paris.
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  • This Church is inserted as a detail into the groove. Huge detail in the groove of the streets. Even the shape of it in terms of Trapeznaya. So basically it was conceived. The Church is skillfully inserted into the vacant place after the grandiose transformations of the Baron Osman. The Population of this area of the capital increased significantly. The New temple was needed. And in 1871, this temple was built here on the project of architect Victor Baltar. During the construction of the church Baltar proposed to use the latest technology for that time: first erect a metal frame of the building, and then impose it masonry of bricks. It's a go! Grand High Church (height up to 80 meters) was erected in 11 years. The Architectural style is eclectic. It is made of Romanesque and Byzantine architectural traditions, slightly diluted with renaissance. In Front of the church on the square stands a statue of young Jeanne D, Ark. It seemed to Me that the temple looks best not from the façade but from behind, from the Boulevard Melecherb, in the widest place.
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  • As It is not part of the script of the great attractions of Paris, this church ends up being always a pleasant surprise for those who "discover". It Is close to the Madeleine and, although it is quite visible, it is not located to the sides to which the eager eyes of tourists are headed. It's Worth seeing inside. Watch out for the beautiful metal structures that form lateral columns and upper arch support of the ceiling.
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  • One of the most interesting saints in Christian history but he doesn't get much space here. Still, a stunning industrial church.
  • Beautiful architecture! A must see if you're in the area. It's also free!
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