Churches of Paris - Eglises de Paris
Church Saint-Merri

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78, rue Saint-Martin, Paris 75004

The name of this pretty church closed of Le Marais and the Beaubourg district would come from an abbot named Saint-Médéric, died here in year 700, canonized then renamed Saint-Merri by contraction.  The remainders of this saint are still kept in the crypt of the church, under the northern part of the transept.  If it is thus well before the year thousand that the vault starts to leave ground, we will have to wait until 1500 to see appearing the silhouette with the flamboyant Gothic which we know, recalling a plan suggesting widely that one of her older sister, Notre Dame.  Here remains the oldest bell of Paris, baptized Merry and melted in 1331. Saint-Merri was a rich church in his time, furnished with a marble chorus, a crowned splendid organ of five turrets remakes by clicquot in 1781 on which Saint-Saens will compose his prestigious symphony with organ, a large painting of Chassériau, "the life of Sainte-Marie the Egyptian woman", a Blue Virgin painted by Van Loo. Today, beyond its spiritual evocation, Saint-Merri has a formidable Parisian artistic life since it regularly accommodates concerts and theater.  One of the prettiest churches spectacles of the capital.

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