Saint Sulpice

Saint Sulpice is the largest church in Paris, bigger even than Notre Dame.  It’s where part of the novel, The Da Vinci Code, was set, and a small part of the movie was filmed there.  Construction begin in 1646 and was completed in 1745.  I don’t think the church is as attractive from the outside as Notre Dame; indeed the two towers aren’t finished, don’t match, and one is taller than the other. And the huge windows around the nave were deliberately not set with stained class.  But the other windows throughout the church, though not as colorful as in some churches, are very detailed and exquisite.  The church is home to a remarkable organ, with 5 keyboards and exceptional sound. It was installed in 1781 and renovated and enlarged in the 1860’s.  We were lucky enough to enter at the end of a weekday mass when the organist played for an additional 15-20 minutes after the service.  What a treat!

 

Saint Sulpice is such a large structure in such a confined area that it’s hard to get a good photo of it.

 

A side view of the church.

 

An interesting sea-themed holy water vessel near the front entrance.

 

Looking down the nave of the church.

 

A beautiful and interesting pulpit.

 

The mammoth organ pipes at the back of the church.

 

An interesting smaller chapel in the front of the church.

 

Also near the front of the church are these old wooden doors in the floor. I really wanted to open those doors and see what’s inside! Rumor has it that they somehow figured into the plot of the Da Vinci Code

 

A few of the beautiful windows.

 

 

 

 

This beautiful fountain can be seen in the plaza that’s immediately in front of the church.

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