"Saint Eustache: Centuries of Famous Artists" Saint Eustache Church - Eglise Tip by ExGuyParis

Saint Eustache Church - Eglise, Paris: 31 reviews and 66 photos

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by ExGuyParis

Saint Eustache, a very large church, contains some surprisingly diverse art, ranging from a Rubens' "Pilgrims of Emmaeus" to a Triptique by Keith Haring called "The Life of Christ." In the photo, thanks to Photoshop, I've merged these two extremes. The pilgrim seems to be wondering "What the (heaven) is that?"

Saint Eustache is located at Châtelet-Les Halles. Les Halles used to be the food distribution center for Paris. In an unfortunate decision of urban renewal, Les Halles were torn down and a rather unpleasant underground shopping mall and a somewhat barren, unpleasant park took its place. Outside St. Eustache there is an interesting sculpture of a giant head and hand-- much photographed.

Inside St. Eustache you will find a side chapel dedicated to the "ghosts" of the food vendors. There is an interesting work of art called "The Departure of the Fruits and Vegetables" that shows the food merchants carting away their wares when Les Halles were shut down in 1969.

Saint Eustache boasts an impressive pipe organ with 8000 pipes.

Intensive restoration work has been going on for the past seven years... not surprising for a building that first appeared at the beginning of the 13th century. The church was closed during the revolution and for a short time served as a "Temple of Agriculture."

Metro: Châtelet-Les Halles, or Les Halles.

Address: 2, rue du Jour, 75001
Phone: 01 42 36 31 05
Website: http://www.st-eustache.org/

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  • Updated Aug 6, 2003
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