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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  • This Protestant temple is quite ancient, it was founded in 1611. Located opposite the Louvre, since 1623 is the royal chapel.
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  • It was on my way to the end of worship, to visit this temple, that I spoke with different people and learned that there was a free children's daycare during the service. I liked the idea For the Temple, which dates from March 31, 1811, I was a little surprised to see high-rise grandstands on each side. On the other hand the organ is beautiful to see and the sound is very good. In the choir there is a naked cross without the Christ and the chairs are arranged in a circle. Very interesting visit, I recommend
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  • Went to hear and explore the wonderful Gonzalez organ. That's 5 stars on its own!
  • Nice service and it's great that it's located in such a historical building!
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