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The Church of St-Marie-de-Paris: photo description (Eglise Sainte-Marie des Batignolles)

The Church of Sainte-Marie-des-Batignolles looks very modest - in the form of a Greek temple, unadorned triangular pediment is supported by four Tuscan columns, in the middle of the empty plate - an ordinary watch. Can, hurrying to a nearby square des Batignolles, pass by and never know what gems are hidden inside.

And inside first, look at what falls, the statue in the apse, depicting the assumption of the virgin. The solution to the unusual grey - blue sky as if broken, and this break in the clouds, surrounded by angels, rises the virgin Mary in the clothes of the same gray-blue tones. Niche with clouds fashioned from papier-mache, but this is done perfectly, and the natural light falling on the statue enhances the effect.

Magnificent carved oak altar (with scenes of the Annunciation, the visitation of St. Elizabeth, assumption of the virgin Mary and carved panels on the walls of the apse. Oak pulpit with figures of the four evangelists and the Holy Heart looks very solemnly.

Surprisingly, all this is hidden behind this simple facade. Even the Church bell no! However, at first the façade was even easier. The construction of the Church began in 1828 on the donations of Charles X and the Duchess of Angouleme. Architect Jean Molino built a small Church, but the population of the district grew rapidly, and in 1841 under the leadership of Paul-eugène Leko were attached to the building two chapels on the sides. Legend has it - the Church named after the virgin Mary because the Builder in charge of the Foundation, found while working on Her statue. In the parish, however, have a less romantic version of the Duchess of Angouleme wanted the temple dedicated to her patroness.

When viewing many paintings, sculptures and stained-glass Windows, it is important not to skip in the nave stained glass "Visit" the work of Emile Thibault. Stained glass window depicts the visit of the pregnant Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, also pregnant with the future John the Baptist. The time of the meeting of the two women described in the gospel of Luke, so dramatic and intense, are shown to tears realistic.