Sunday, 6 October 2013

Churh on Sunday-Sainte-Anne-de-la-Butte-aux-Cailles

We are staying in Paris this Sunday (and maybe a couple more) with a visit to Sainte-Anne-de-la-Butte-aux-Cailles.

Walking down Rue Michal towards this Roman-Byzantine church is reminiscent of some of the approaches to the grander Basilica Sacré Coeur in Montmartre. 

As you make your way to the front of the church on the intersection of Rue Bobillot and Rue de Tolbiac its sheer scale has you anticipating something a little special...

...and once you step through the front doors you are not disappointed.

It is a late 19th century church started in 1894 and taking 20 years to complete. Originally named St. Anne-de-la-Maison-Blanche (bit of a mouthful) it was renamed in 2001 to reflect the name of the district.

There is a fabulous dome over the transept.

The two side chapels have fine mosaic work by the same 'factory' in Paris that provided much of the stained glass work.

There is a fine organ worthy of this fine church...

...and they have found room for a seperate little chapel dedicated to our 'Joan'

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