Temple Protestant de l'Oratoire du Louvre, Paris

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The Temple Protestant de l'Oratoire du Louvre, also Eglise Réformée de l'Oratoire du Louvre, is a historic Protestant church located at 145 rue Saint-Honoré - 160 rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, across the street from the Louvre. It was founded in 1611 by Pierre de Bérulle as the French branch of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri. It was made the royal chapel of the Louvre Palace by Louis XIII on December 23, 1623 and was host to the funerals of both Louis and Cardinal Richelieu. Work on the church was suspended in 1625 and not resumed until 1740, with the church completed in 1745.
It was suppressed in 1792 during the French Revolution, looted, stripped of its decor, and used to store theater sets. In 1811 it was given by Napoleon to the Protestant congregation of Saint-Louis-du-Louvre when that building was demolished to make way for the expansion of the Louvre. A statue and monument of Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, the great Huguenot leader of the 16th century, was built on the rue de Rivoli end of the church in 1889. It continues as one of the most prominent Reformed congregations in Paris, noted for its liberal theology. The closest métro station is Louvre – Rivoli 15px 15px
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  • It drew my attention to the beauty of this oratory, although it did not enter the Protestant temple, which was on the street opposite to the Rivoli, where I found myself. Located on the face of the famous street of Rivoli, among souvenir shops, this façade of the oratorio is very showy and well crafted.
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  • For having had the opportunity to admire the magnificent exterior statue of Admiral Coligny, it became evident to try to find an opportunity to visit this building, knowing that it is accessible only at offices or concerts that take place there , except to take the option of a private visit. That is the choice we have decided to make. And we were not disappointed! One can only be particularly interested and seduced indeed by such a visit, which gives the opportunity to learn about the particularly rich history of this Protestant Temple and admire its interior architecture, and, among other things, its beautiful altar, its magnificent woodwork. Impressive and particularly interesting!
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  • Gorgeous architectural details. Just a few steps from Museum of Louvre.
  • Beautiful temple with wonderful interior, a Bible from the late 17th century, and wonderful acoustics . Often hosts concerts!
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