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Sacred Paris: A Guide to the Churches, Synagogues, and the Grand Mosque in the City of Light

Sacred Paris: A Guide to the Churches, Synagogues, and the Grand Mosque in the City of Light

Sacred Paris: A Guide to the Churches, Synagogues, and the Grand Mosque in the City of Light

Sacred Paris: A Guide to the Churches, Synagogues, and the Grand Mosque in the City of Light


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From the author of Hidden Gardens of Paris and The Streets of Paris comes a beautifully illustrated guide to the history of Paris through its renowned and beloved places of worship.

When visiting the City of Light, the spirit of Paris can be felt everywhere. It holds a sacred history that goes beyond words, beyond religion, and its legendary places of worship are truly its crown jewels.

Susan Cahill's Sacred Paris is a guide for seasoned Parisian visitors, novices, and armchair travelers to the historic religious sites of the city, from the well-known landmarks to the sacred spots off the beaten track, from the magnificent towers of Notre-Dame and the sweeping arches of the Grand Mosque to the serenity of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre. This spiritual tour is interwoven with the artistic and cultural history of Paris, from the medieval Crusades through the Resistance of World War II. Stand in the basilica of Saint-Denis, where Joan of Arc prayed with her soldiers in the Hundred Years' War, and gaze at the murals of Saint-Sulpice painted by Eugene Delacroix, or visit the village of Auvers where Vincent van Gogh painted the lovely Gothic church of Notre Dame d’Auvers-sur-Oise.

Organized by the major geographical sections of the city—Ile de la Cite; the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank; Montparnasse; Northern Paris on the Right Bank; the Marais—each chapter is accompanied by Marion Ranoux’s beautiful four-color photographs. Also included are lists of “Nearbys”: gardens, bistros, librairies, museums, and other points of interest to round out your visit.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250239686
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2022
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 695,965
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

SUSAN CAHILL has published several travel books on France, Italy, and Ireland, including Hidden Gardens of Paris. She is the editor of the bestselling Women and Fiction series and author of the novel Earth Angels. She spends a few months in Paris every year.

MARION RANOUX, a native Parisienne, is an experienced freelance photographer and translator into French of Czech literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Île de la Cité

Cathedral of Notre-Dame of Paris 11

Sainte-Chapelle 23

The Left Bank

The Latin Quarter

Saint-Séverin 33

Saint-Étienne-du-Mont 41

Val-de-Grâce 49

Saint-Médard 59

Grand Mosque of Paris 67


Saint-Germain-des-Prés 77

Saint-Sulpice 85

Saint-Joseph-des-Carmes 93


Notre-Dame du Travail 103

The Eiffel Tower and Environs

Saint-Jean Lutheran 111

Western Paris

Russian Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevsky 119

The Right Bank

Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois 127

Notre-Dame des Victoires 135

Saint-Eustache 141

Saint-Merri 149

Northern Paris and Montmartre

La Madeleine 155

Sainte-Trinité 163

The Grande Synagogue de la Victoire 169

Vincent van Gogh's Montmartre and Notre-Dame d'Auvers-sur-Oise 177

The Basilica of Saint-Denis 187

The Marais

Saint-Gervais & Saint-Protais 197

Synagogue de Nazareth 205

Northeastern Paris and Around Bastille

Saint-Germain de Charonne 213

(Nearby: Saint-Ambroise) 218

Acknowledgments 221

Sources 225

Index 231

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