A little view of the exterior of the Eglise de Saint Sulpice,
most recently made very well-known by Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code
though the interior has been the scene of many a book.
Dedicated to Sulpitius the Pious (a 7th century bishop),
it is slightly smaller than Notre Dame and
home to more than one mural by Eugene Delacroix.
It was built over a 13th century Romanesque church
and was the wedding place of Victor Hugo
as well as where the Marquis de Sade (1740) and
Charles Baudelaire (1821) were baptized.
It is the burial place of the granddaughters of Louis XIV
and Louise de Lorraine.
But I will always now remember it as the place where I broke my camera
at the very beginning of our most recent visit to Paris
while sitting on one of those benches in the square.
(I broke The Chef's too but luckily--if any luck is involved here--
it was on our last day just before leaving.)
Maybe I should have gone into the church, offered up a few sacred words
and touched one of those meridian lines
before ever touching my camera that day.
Next time I will.
(Photos copyright: Kirsten Steen
Facts via Wikipedia)