Saturday, May 28, 2011

St. Nicholas Churches Around the World - Paris, France

St. Nicolas des Champs
Paris, France
Image Courtesy: Panoramio
Photo by: Sefano Martelli
I learned about this Saint Nicolas church when I was a child and I read a biography about Louis Braille. This very talented 17th century man is most famous for inventing the reading system for the blind which carries his name - Braille. But he was also an extremely talented organist who held that position at this beautiful church in 1834. 
Louis Braille (1809-1852)
Image courtesy: Louis Braille School
Location: Town Square Coupvray, France (Braille's birthplace)
I have been waiting for the right moment to post about this gorgeous and of course, very historic, St. Nicholas church. When Anita from Castles, Crowns and Cottages put out the invitation to join her at her Paris Party today, Saturday, May 28th, I knew the moment was now!
Anita's Invitation
Artist: Anita 
When I think of Paris in the "olden days" my mind inevitable turns to the 1958 film, Gigi, and elegant ladies and debonair men walking through beautiful parks. 
Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan
Image courtesy: Hollywood Past
But this film was set at the turn of the 20th century...
The church of St. Nicolas des Champs was built many years earlier in 1420 - its first construction. By 1615 the church we see today - after several building programs - was completed. Filled with artwork by very famous artists, a magnificent organ, and 25 windows that give it its impressive light, it is truly a stunning edifice.
Image courtesy: Saint Nicolas Church
The organ in which Louis Braille offered forth music of praise
Image courtesy: Saint Nicolas Church
But as with all church buildings it's greatest treasure is the people who currently worship the Lord Jesus Christ within it:
Image Courtesy: St. Nicolas Church
As well as those who worshiped in this church long before us:
Image courtesy: St. Nicolas Church
St. Louise de Marillac (1591-1660)
Co-founder of the Daughters of Charity
A church - and a city - with a one-of-a-kind history and ambiance. That's Paris! (Please visit St. Nicolas Church - the church's very own website - for more information about services, etc.)
Many thanks to Anita for inviting us all to her Paris Party! Drop on by her site - you will be in for a treat something similar to Vincente Minnelli's film, Gigi! In fact, you might just think you dropped into that set!
Gigi set
Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier


Angela said...

We visited this one when on holiday a few years ago. Thanks for the memories!
Off to Norfolk tomorrow- so will see again my 'own' St N's in my home town.
Weekend blessings xxx

Junibears said...

How lovely to catch up with you again dear. Your site is always so interesting and informative.
Have a lovely weekend. Hugs xx

troutbirder said...

Morning Ann
Sorry I missed you at the party. My travel arrangement have been totally goofed up by eblogs malfuntions of late...especially commenting. Oh well. I do intend to return to Paris though..... asap.And see this beautiful church. :)

imac said...

Beautiful, been to Paris for a weekend, very romantic city.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH ANN...this is simply IRRESISTIBLE!!! Do you know that my French students study Louis Braille, but of course our fourth grade level doesn't go into great detail; we learned that Louis did play organ, but I did not KNOW THAT IT WAS AT THIS MAGNIFICENT CHURCH! THIS IS THE PERFECT POST FOR YOU and for those of us who love all things FRENCH! BRAVO MY DEAR and thank you for your kind comments on BALZAC...what a scamp. He and Sir Edward would certainly have some grrrrrsss and hisses to exchange!!! LOVE TO YOU, Anita

Stacey said...

Ann, i love your take on the party put on by our lovely Anita! Thanks for the introduction to another St. Nicholas! Hope you're having a great weekend ma belle!:-). XX

Anonymous said...

wow this chuch is magnificent
and thanks for the interesting facts about Braille...never knew him for anything but the alphabet. i can see he would have had so much inspiration from playing that the gigi pics too...
oh to be living in that time!
BEAR HUGS my friend

Karena said...

Ann this is just gorgeous beyond. The images are stunning!

My post for Anita's Paris Party is finally up!! Come & visit!

Art by Karena

Erna said...

Once again a great post with beautiful pictures.Next time I'm in Paris I'll visit this wonderful church
Erna x

It's me said...

It is great to be with you in Paris darling....hope we meet again.....nice party from love ......bisous

Rayanne said...

The tour was wonderful...the church was BEAUTIFUL! Having so much fun meeting all the Paris Party that Anita is having!! So good to meet you!

Fete et Fleur said...

Thank you for sharing the history of this amazing church. It is true, a church is not just made by the materials it is built with, but rather with the love and dedication of the people within.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest one, THANK YOU again for your participation. May God richly bless your lives! HUGS TO SIR EDWARD, Please. Anita

Classic Style Blog said...

bonjour, this tour was just great, I love this idea of Paris Party.Ive learn so much and SEE so much different pictures :)) welcome to my party as well au revoir !!/Marie

Pat said...

Beautiful church yet again!
Amazing how you find so much beauty and history for us all to enjoy. Bravo, my dear xx

Lois Evensen said...

What a beautiful church! I wasn't aware of the Braille connection.

Just love your blog,

Out on the prairie said...

What a great theme, and I like the Braile info. I will take a tour of Paris today.

June said...

This is definitely my favorite of all Ann. Just an awe-inspiring chapel!

Zuzana said...

I have visited Paris a few years back, to bad I did not know this church was there.;)
Gigi is one of my favorite musicals.;))

Ola said...

Paris has so many interesting things to see!:)

LisaShaw said...

Hi Ann,

So glad I have the opportunity to visit with you this morning. I enjoyed this post. All the photos and information is wonderful but I most especially enjoyed seeing the bust of Louis Braille and hearing more about him. I didn't know he was an organist as well. He changed many lives in inventing the system of reading for the blind.

Awesome sharing!

I pray all is well with you. Sending hugs!

deb famularo said...

Oh, this post is perfect... I loved learning a little history of this church and M. Braille. My daughter is learning about braille right now, I need to show her this!
Anita's event has been such a fun experience. It's my first time doing a link party- and I hope she does this again! I love meeting you all! au revoir....xOxO

Ruben Rivera said...

Hi Ann,
Anita's husband here. Thank you for visiting Rattus Scribus. I enjoyed your post. Beautiful historic church. Next time we go to Paris, we must visit it.

Have a wonderful day

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Ann
This post is PERFECT! What a wonderful addition to Anita's Paris party.. Thank you for sharing the history and images..
I thought I had left a message yesterday, but I guess it is flying around blogland.. Thank you for visiting, and yes, I think everyone was having trouble here and there leaving comments.
Enjoy your week Ann.

ANNE said...

I had no idea that there were churches dedicated to (or named for) a particular saint, its very interesting!

Elaine said...

What a gorgeous church!

Splendid Little Stars said...


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

AnN MY DEAR!!! Yes, COME TO FRANCE WITH ME...I plan on staying all summer!!! Oh how I love your comment about the EARTHY quality of the is true; the people, the food, the homes, the lifestyle is so connected to the EARTH! It is so romantic and beautiful there and thank you for coming along and enjoying it! CHEERS AND BLESSINGS TO YOU, Ann! Anita