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The Church of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Prot: photos, description Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais)

The Church of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Prot located in the Marais district near the city hall of Paris. Translated into Russian the name sounds absolutely Slavonic: Church of saints Gervasius and Protasius. The martyrs whose names were given to the temple, still revered in Catholicism and Orthodoxy.

About the life of the twins Gervasius and Protasius is little known. Sons of the Romans-the Christians who died for their faith, they were thrown into prison, subjected to torture and beheaded. It happened during the reign of either Nero, or Marcus Aurelius. The Holy relics are in the crypt of the Basilica of Sant Ambrogio (Milan, Italy).

Saint-Gervais-Saint-Prot set on the Foundation there existed from the IV century early Christian Church. Construction began in 1494 and lasted a century and a half. The architecture of the Church is late Gothic with layers of mannerism (the author of the facade - the architect Salomon de Brosse). The temple has one of the oldest and most famous Parisian authorities. For a long time organists there were representatives of the great French musical family and heir to the Couperin, in whose honor named one of the craters of mercury. The musicians in this dynasty began to appear from the end of XVI century. In Saint-Gervais-Saint-Prot worked for the most famous of Couperin, Louis and Francois Great - their harpsichord and organ works had enormous influence on French composers.

In the history of the Church is extremely tragic page. In 1918, during the First world war, German troops were near Paris. The German command used for shelling the city of new weapons: Sverdlovenergo "Paris gun" that existed in a single copy. Her 120-pound shells after a shot flew at an altitude of 40 kilometers in the stratosphere, and hit the target from a distance of 130 kilometers. On 29 March 1918 one of these shells hit the Church of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Prot, which at that time was the Holy Mass on good Friday. The Church was full. The explosion killed, according to different data, from 60 to 90 members.

Directly in front of the Church in the granite framing is growing elm. On this place, and elms grow from about X century, they are regularly updated. District residents at the time were given for them with borrowed money. Saying Parisians "Wait for me under the elm" in General corresponds to the Russian "After rain on Thursday".