"St Barthelemy started here: St Germain l'Auxerrois" Paris Off The Beaten Path Tip by mariev

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Facing the Colonnade du Louvre, the gothic church of Saint-Germain-l'auxerrois is built above the ruines from the Oratoire Saint Germain le Rond (thrown down by the Normans in 886) and named after an Auxerre's bishop.

It was built during the XIIth century, the tower is now the only remnant of the original church, the rest being from the XVth and XVIth centuries and having undergone some renovations at the end of the XIXth century.

Inside the church, you can find two marvelous flemish altarpieces.

Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois is sadly infamous : here, on Aug. 24 1572, was given the signal launching the Saint-Barthelemy's Day massacres.

Website: http://architecture.relig.free.fr/auxerrois.htm

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  • Updated Apr 29, 2006
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