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Paroisse Saint-Eustache, Paris: 31 reviews and 66 photos

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St-Eustache is a wonderfully flamboyent gothic structure, flamboyent gothic being the period that merged gothic & renaissance architecture which is exemplified by its flame-like (hence the flamboyant) spires. It still retains elements such as flying buttresses but the movement is towards a lighter, more graceful style. However, don't let that description fool you as this church is one of the largest in Paris and its monumental presence is felt in this area. Since the old Les Halles market has closed and torn and has been replaced with the Jardin Les Halles, St-Eustache can more easily be seen.

I stopped by here one night this past trip on my way back to the hotel from a Valentine's Day dinner at Au Pied de Cochon, an all-night brasserie that sits practically next door. I admired the facade of the building and then popped over to Place Rene Cassin to visit L'Ecoute, the Listener, a modern-day structure of a head with hand to its ear. After I snapped a photo of it I heard giggles. I'd stumbled upon a pair of Japanese tourists catching a kiss behind the hand.

Place Rene Cassin features prominently in the 1995 version of the movie Sabrina during the model shoot. You can see L'Ecoute during the scene.

A previous trip (the b&w photo) I'd caught a glimpse of this immense edifice across the Jardin Les Halles from the Cimetiere des Innocents area. As you can see, it's HUGE!

Photos: April 2003 & Feb 2006

Address: 2, Rue du Jour, 75001 Paris
Directions: 1st arrondissement near Forum/Jardin Les Halles.

Metro: Les Halles
RER: Chatelet-Les Halles

Phone: 01 42 36 31 05
Website: http://www.saint-eustache.org/

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  • Updated Apr 21, 2006
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