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The Church of Saint-séverin: photos, description Eglise Saint-Severin)

The Church Saint-séverin, built on the place where in the VI century, stood the hut of the hermit Saint Severina. The hermit wrote his name in history that under his influence, the grandson of king Clovis I Clodoald chose the path of serving God and became a monk. After a long seclusion Clodoald returned to Paris, was ordained priest and became Abbot of the monastery in Nogen-sur-Seine. The grandson of Clovis I declared a Saint in Catholicism and Orthodoxy.

As for the Holy Severina, at the site of his hut was built a chapel, later destroyed by the Vikings. In the XI century there is erected a chapel. Two centuries later in the Latin quarter appears University of Paris, the population is growing rapidly, a small chapel can no longer accommodate the parishioners. The construction of a new Church, which will become one of the centers of the quarter in which to hold the meeting of the General Assembly of the University.

The Church is built in flamboyant Gothic style. Over its gate is clearly visible a huge polarizada, where instead of the usual petals with a flame. Inside - a Gothic palm vault with numerous ribs. On the Western portal is a bas - relief, brought from the destroyed Church of Saint-Pierre-AUX-Boeuf. The other portal is decorated with the image of the patron of the Church, patron of travelers St. Martin of tours on horseback. In the bell tower of Saint-séverin hangs the oldest bell in Paris, cast in 1412.

The Church building has a unique proportions with five naves, it in the width more than in length. But it is only noticeable from the street. In the nave of the Church has an original body, decorated with wonderful carvings of master of Pisona. In the Windows - bright stained glass, and medieval and early twentieth century.

A feature of the Gothic building are the gargoyles on its facade - they are, however, slightly younger than his sisters at Notre Dame de Paris. The Church adjoins a lush garden, where previously the cemetery was located. Still among the greenery you can see ancient granite slabs and tombstones.

Saint-séverin is surrounded by narrow streets of the Latin quarter - in the middle ages this place was famed robber's nest. Now the Church is on a pedestrianised street full of souvenir shops and small cafes.