"Eglise de Saint-Medard" Rue Mouffetard Tip by hquittner
Rue Mouffetard, Paris: 21 reviews and 52 photos
Until Viollet-le-Duc, the great architect and historian, re-educated French intellectuals in the 19th century, Gothic was a dirty word and that type of architecture was inferior. So it is not surprising that most Parisian Gothic churches were redone by rich benefactors over the centuries. So too, in the Flamboyant Gothic (15C) chancel of St. Medard we note that the columns are now fluted and the large clerestory windows simplified. The church is dark(made more so by the newer stained glass in the windows) but there are interesting objects in the chapels. There is a realistic painting of a dead Christ by de Champaigne (17C) identical to one in the Louvre. Outside in the ex-cemetery garden is an Ossuary with the bones from thr graves. The cemetery was destroyed by royal decree in the 18C to put an end to a hysterical mania at a ?healing-tomb?which had gone increasingly out of control over several years. There is a fine church facade but we could not see it when we were there because of extreme scaffolding.
Address: Rue Moufetard
Directions: Metro:Place Monge on line 7. Stations Cardinal Lemoine (line 10) and Censier Daubenton (line 7) are other good options.
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