Saturday, October 22, 2011


It's time for les vacances, schools close for a week for the autumn break. Last year I took this picture at the same period at Église Saint-Eustache at Les Halles, near Rue Montorgueil. The little dude in the sunglasses is cool, right? :)

We are in the first district. This actual Gothic church was being built for 100 years in the 16th and the 17th century, although the first church here dates back to the 13th century. Many famous French were baptized (like Louis XIV, Richelieu, Molière and the future Madame Pompadour) or buried here. Inside the building we can find several paintings by Rubens. The largest French pipe organ belongs to this church with its 8000 pipes. The church is famous for two concert premieres in history, one of Berlioz and one of Liszt. 

By the way, did you know, today is the 200th anniversary of Ferenc Liszt's birth? Therefore this year, the "Liszt year", there are a lot of concerts in his honor. 

The statue in front of the church is an art work of Henri de Miller of 1986, it is titled l'Ecoute (The Listening) and it is made of sandstone.

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