01 September 2015

Three domes

Dans l'ordre : l'Eglise du Dôme à l'Hôtel des Invalides, le Panthéon (which as been en travaux recently), and la Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (with the Stade de France in the background). Paris. I was there last week.

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  1. In the first photo, just behind the Dôme des Invalides, you can see the steeple of the American Church, l'Église américaine.

    1. In the second photo, for those interested, almost hidden on the left of the colonnade is the steeple of l'église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont. On the right, is the Tour Henry IV in the school [an old abbey] of the same name, lycée Henry IV. Originally, the Panthéon was known as église Sainte-Geneviève, Paris patron saint.

    2. In the third photo, on the left of l'église du Sacré-Cœur, also known as l'église du Vœu National, stands the old church of Saint-Pierre-de-Montmartre.

      As for the name of Montmartre, that goes back to Roman times when there was on the site a temple to Mars, and the hill might have been known as Mons Martis. Later on, it might have been changed to Mons Martyrum, since it was the site of the beheading of saint Denis, first bishop of Paris. He is said to have picked up his head and walked all the way to where now stands the basilique de Saint-Denis in the outskirts.

    3. Very intertersing on the naming of Montmartre, chm, thanks... and wonderful pictures, Ken.

      I hope I am never in a position where I have to pick up my head.

  2. Thanks CHM for the details. So glad you were able to snap these beautiful photos, Ken. Paris. I was there last week.


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