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Above: St Germain l'Auxerrois, established in the 7th century. This is just one Parisian church with "a history" and amazingly, it is still standing.
St Germain is within walking distance of the Île de la Cité which is home to Sainte Chapelle. Located in the former royal courtyard, it was constructed to house the holy relics brought back from Jerusalem and is where the king and queen attended worship services.
Above: This photo was taken from inside the compound and looking out at the lines of people waiting. Below : looking in at night. A defense department building blocks the full Chapelle view.
Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, (Saint Julian the Poor),
Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, (Saint Julian the Poor), is a Melkite Greek Catholic parish church in Paris, France, and one of the city's oldest religious buildings. "The poor" is said to originate from Julian of Le Mans, whose dedication to the cause of the poor was considered exemplary. Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre replaced a Merovingian refuge for pilgrims, or an older church dating back to the 6th century. Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre was designed in the conservative tradition prevalent during the rule of King Louis the Younger. The only one of the city's twelfth-century parish churches to have endured, it was never completed in its original design. In 1651, following several centuries of neglect, two of the original bays in the nave were demolished, and a northwestern facade was added; the northern aisle was preserved, and two of its bays serves as a sacristy. After more than a century, during the French Revolution, the building was listed for demolition, and suffered more damage as a result. In 1889, under the Third French Republic, the church was awarded to the Melkite (Arab and Middle Eastern) community in Paris. In preparation for this, significant restoration was again carried out. The arrangement was criticized by writer Joris-Karl Huysmans, who objected to introducing non-traditional forms to an old scenery: "This intrusion of the Levant into Saint-Séverin parish is [...] in absolute disagreement with the surroundings." wikipedia
Levant as used above. Today this Christian community keeps St Julien open and prayerful.
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