St-Sulpice

I think this church turned out rather well, although it was problematical while it was being constructed between 1646 and 1745--a succession of architects worked on it, some getting fired, and the last one (the Florentine Servadori) committed suicide not long after its dedication, supposedly because he was despondent about the way it turned out. It was never completely finished (note the top of the right tower is distinctly smaller than the left). During the French Revolution, it was sacked and then renamed the Temple of Victory. (This was a better deal than the Notre-Dame and St-Germain churches got--they were used as a livestock pen and as a saltpeter mill, respectively. The only church which retained its Revolutionary-era reassignment is the Pantheon. IMHO, it's the least interesting one today, a gloomy, dim, cold place. If you want to visit the graves of some notable people, try one of the cemeteries.). Inside St-Sulpice, there are some notable Delacroix frescoes (the first chapel on the right), and a statue of the Virgin and Child by the 18th century sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle. (The Place Pigalle in Montmartre was named after him, presumably long before it became the center of the Paris sex industry.) The church also contains a famous organ with 6,588 pipes. At present, the towers are covered with scaffolding for some renovation work.

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From here it's not far north to bd. St.-Germain, not far south to the Odeon theater; altogether a nice district with lots of places to eat and lots of excitement. While I took this time exposure, balancing my camera on the back of a park bench, a couple on the next bench over were busy creating some excitement of their own. I think the picture turned out rather well, too.

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