Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church


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In context : A short overview of the Marais

(From : Place du Marché-Sainte-Catherine). Exit du Marché-Sainte-Catherine square from the other side, and go straight ahead into Caron street, then turn right into Saint-Antoine street up to Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis church on your left.

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  • The Paris Commune graffiti

    On the right side of the church (you will have to find the exact spot) is written in uppercase : "République française ou la mort" ("French republic or death") dating back from the Paris Commune (1871).

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The present building of Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis church was constructed from 1627 to 1641 by the Jesuit architects Étienne Martellange and François Derand, on the orders of Louis XIII of France. Next door to it is the Lycée Charlemagne, also founded by the Jesuits. It gives its name to Place Saint-Paul and its nearest Metro station, Saint-Paul.

On 15 February 1843, Léopoldine Hugo secretly married Charles Vacquerie in the church - her father Victor Hugo offered the church two clam-shell holy water holders to mark the occasion, still to be seen in the church.

Its design included traditional French elements as well as others inspired by Italy.

Source : Wikipedia contributors, "Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis"

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