One of the churches I ventured into this visit to Paris
was St. Julien le Pauvre.
I hadn't remembered on my last trip here
that it's a Greek church!
Some of you know that I collect photos of
And I found this little sweet one below
on one of the panels just underneath the large cross in the first photo.
This church regularly participates in concerts
and we were able to make this piano and accordion concert
on the first day of the new year.
St. Julien le Pauvre
is one of the oldest churches in Paris,
built between 1170-1240.
But before this building,
from about the 6th century on,
stood a Merovingian hostel for pilgrims.
It is said that it stood on the Roman road to Spain
and thus for medieval pilgrims
on the road to St. James shrine at Santiago de Compostela
(though it was too small to be listed in the medieval Pilgrim's Guide.)
A site on St. Julien History
describes how Bishop Gregory of Tours
was the first to write about the basilica and hostel
in his History of the Franks.
As he considered St. Juliento be one of his patron saints,
he lodged at the Basilica of St. Julien the Martyr
and said a midnight mass there.
Archaeological finds determined that the building originally stood
in the middle of an ancient cemetery
and unearthed Roman and Merovingian sarcophagi and other artifacts.
One of my favorite things in the church was this angel.
The little church looked even sweeter with this lovely piano in its midst.
And I positioned myself in the audience
to have a perfect view of the angel.
When we got home that evening after the concert,
we went online and discovered that the angel is Archangel Gabriel,
the very same angel who appears in the Annunciation
and is often associated with gifts of knowledge and messages to prophets.
Another of my favorites at St. Julien le Pauvre
shows Jesus revealing himself to Mary Magdalene.
Next time I'll share a few photos outside the church.
It's located across the river from Notre Dame
and just across from the entrance to the Latin Quarter.
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(Photos Copyright: Kirsten Steen)