Being a leading world expert in ... something else entirely (really), I decided to launch this blog to accompany my walking round Paris visiting churches (and probably synagogues mosques etc), a series of walks initially decided just because I need more exercise. Very little technical vocab, but some good views. Mostly in Paris, but sometimes on my various trips.
14 Paris 18ème Saint Jean de Montmartre
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Art Nouveau church at Montmartre, built at the end of the 19th century. They started building it using modern reinforced concrete without getting the proper permission, were ordered to demolish it , but didn''t. First religious building to be built in concrete.
Informations en français Information in English Information in Russian When I came to visit this church it was in the middle of a major renovation of the outside, which is a chance to explain a few things about churches in France for people who come from elsewhere. At the beginning of the 20th century there were laws and negotiations sorted to deal with relations between the State and the ( pretty powerful) Catholic Church. One of the decisions is that all churches built before 1905 would become the property of the local government, who would lease them free of charge to the parishes (the cathedrals became the property of the national government). One of the advantages for the Church is that, as I understand it, repair and renovation is a government responsibility. We can see this in some of the signs on the outside of the church, shown below. There is a non-religious tone to some of them ("a new church for a new neighbourhood!"). Such historic monuments are now allowed to
The churches show a lot about the history of Paris. In a building belonging to the parish of Saint Hyppolite in the 13th arrondissement, a smaller church "Our Lady of China" was established for the large Chinese population in the neighbourhood. As well as religious services, the church proposes French lessons, Chinese lessons, Tai chi, and other classes. Notre Dame de Chine: information in French Information in Chinese Saint Hyppolite: information in French Inside the Saint Hyppolite there was a small historical exhibition about the help for poor people organized at the beginning of the 20th century.