Monday, November 14, 2011

Eglise Saint-Sulpice

Do you know this church from somewhere? Is it familiar? You may have seen it in The Da Vinci Code
It is situated in the 6th district, in the Luxembourg Quarter. This is the second church in its place, the first was built in the 13th century. The church contains one of the world's finest and most famous organs, constructed by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll in 1862, using many materials from the church's earlier organ built in 1781. The fountain was built between 1843 and 1848 by the architect Louis Visconti, designer of the tomb of Napoleon. It was much criticized when it opened.

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Once we wondered in with friends on a Saturday afternoon and apparently there was a wedding at that time. Poor organist was playing the wedding march for like 3 minutes - but the bride was nowhere. Some minutes later a bridesmaid came in and instructed the lady again to play as the bride was ready. I saw the organist's face, I couldn't say she was happy. Anyway she started the wedding march again and finally (after the first minute) the bride arrived with her father. She almost couldn't walk because of her huge wedding dress. It was funny :) Then the priest started his speech - he was happy to be at a wedding, because he can always see nice hats! Then he said something about the well-dressed public. (This area is the richest in Paris, just for you to know.) Haha he was hilarious.
The square is providing place for markets over the year: sometimes there is flea market or soon we can visit the Christmas market as well! I'm excited as last year I haven't been to this one, just the one at La Défense and at Avenue des Champs Elysées.

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