Saturday, July 2, 2011

St-Etienne-du-Mont, Paris

One lovely day last May whilst wandering the Latin Quarter, John and I came upon this charming, little-visited church near the Pantheon.
We particularly liked the interior. The church was built in stages between 1492 and 1626 so it encompasses a number or architectural styles though they mesh nicely.
Here's John's photo of the Shrine to Ste-Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris whose relics were entombed here.
Being in the Latin Quarter, the broad sweep of steps up to the church are often favoured by university students for congregating to read, chat and people-watch.
The picturesque, steep Rue de la Montagne Ste-Genevieve leads down towards the Seine from the church. We've visited this great record store at #47 on different visits to Paris. This time I bought a CD that John desired -- A Quiet Thing -- a new recording by counter-tenor, David Daniels.
Let's take one more glance back at the church as we descend the street.


  1. I saw the church from afar when we were at the Pantheon but because we were rushed to get to the Cluny, we missed it. Now I know what it looks like! Thanks! It seems very airy for a church.

  2. Hi rarecat! Very light, airy and pleasing despite the variety of achitectural styles. I think that it didn't go through a total update like they sometimes did in the Baroque period, just had a new part added and they worked together somehow. Do visit it next time. We just stumbled across it while I was trying to find the music store.