Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet, Paris

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Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet is a Roman Catholic church in the centre of Paris, France, located in the 5th arrondissement. Since 1977, the church has been used by traditionalist Society of St. Pius X and remains in the Society's hands.History until 1977The church was first built in the 13th century and was reconstructed between 1656 and 1763.In 1612, Adrien Bourdoise founded a seminary at Saint-Nicolas.In the late 17th century noted harpsichordist Jean-Nicolas Geoffroy (1633–1694) served as titular organist of the church.In the 19th century the adjacent Mutualité site was occupied by a seminary. There, Ernest Renan studied under the direction of the Abbé Dupanloup, who attained celebrity in 1838 when he reconciled the notoriously amoral diplomat Talleyrand, who had received the minor orders at Saint-Nicholas, to the church on his death-bed. (Dupanloup subsequently became Bishop of Orléans and a member of the Académie française).Since 1905, the city of Paris, following the law on the separation of Church and State, claims ownership of the church but grants the Roman Catholic Church a free usage right.
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  • Interesting, perhaps not the best known or essential, since Paris is a jewel in itself full of monuments, boulevards, museums, imposing churches, but equally magnificent and recommended. The facade of this Catholic temple is relatively modern, 1934, but originally the church dates from the thirteenth century, where the hand of Jacques Lemercier stands out. There are some magnificent paintings by Nicolas Coypel and Jean Baptiste Camille Corot. A church therefore to include in your visit. It is spacious and has a certain Renaissance Italian touch, discreet but beautiful.
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  • We stayed in the boutique hotel Abbatial Saint Germain in Paris. Went to dinner Saturday night and when returning to the hotel, we could hear this most beautiful singing from the back of the church an...  more »
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  • Searched for a Latin Mass in Paris out of curiosity and found this place near where my wife and I were staying. Beautiful architecture, the Latin Mass was fascinating and inspiring. The organist and choir were very good with a great repertoire and the parishioners are friendly.
  • Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet is a church just off Saint Germain Boulevard near the Maubert - Mutualité Metro Station. Opening hours are 7am to 8.30pm daily. Originally build in the 13th century, the church has been reconstructed a handful of times over the centuries. The exterior facade is subtle and simple, the interior features some nice side chapels with large scale frescos. The main alter and inner dome work are particularly nice to see. This section of the church was lit up during our visit by a light being shone on the Mary and Child sculpture at the main alter. Much of the rest of the interior was rather dark limiting how well you can see and photograph what is inside. Overall, we liked our short visit to Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet. It is an attractive church worth spending a few minutes to enjoy if you plan to spend time or pass through this area of Paris. It is not too far from Notre Dame Cathedral if looking for other places to combine with a visit here. If you want to stay on the Left Bank, Eglise Saint-Ephrem-le-Syriaque, Saint-Étienne-du-Mont and the Pantheon are within relatively short distance as well.
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