"Église Saint-Louis-en-l'Île, Part II" Église Saint-Louis-en-l’Île Tip by von.otter
Église Saint-Louis-en-l’Île, Paris: 4 reviews and 16 photos
“Know, my son, though I am devoted to you, and feel all a mother’s love for you, I should prefer to see you dead rather than have you become guilty of any mortal sin.”
— Blanche of Castile (1188-1252), to her son, Louis IX
The church is the setting for classical music concerts. Check local listings for schedule and program.
Louis IX (1214-1270) was king of France from 1226 to his death. He was a member of the House of Capet and the son of Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile, who served as Regent during her son’s minority. Because he is the only canonized king of France, many places are named in his honor, including the USA’s St. Louis, Missouri.
Pope Boniface VIII declared Louis a saint in 1297; he is the only member of the French royal family to be canonized. Louis IX is looked upon as the ideal Christian monarch. Because of the aura of holiness attached to his memory, his name was given to many royal princes who would go on to become king; many sons of the nobility were named for him as well. Members of the Bourbon dynasty, who are descended directly from one of St. Louis’s younger sons, used the name to confusing excess.
St. Louis is the patron of builders, kings, large families (he fathered nine children), Crusaders and St. Louis, Missouri. In art he is represented by the Crown of Thorns (a thorn from which he had Sainte-Chapelle built to house), crown, scepter, and the fleur-de-lis. His feast day is celebrated on August 25th.
Address: 19 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île, 75004 Paris
Directions: cross the bridge behind Notre Dame
Phone: 33 1 46 34 11 60
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