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Church Saint-Hippolyte: photo, description Eglise Saint-Hippolyte)

Church Saint-Hippolyte by Paris standards) young, she was a little more than a hundred years. Believe it, looking at the Gothic stone facade and Sandstone, it is impossible. The name of the Church received in memory of standing there once the temple of Saint-Hippolyte-du-Faubourg burned in the town-planning reforms of Baron Haussmann.

At the end of nineteenth century Paris, the South East corner of the Porte de Choisy rapidly growing: to build residential areas, developing industry. In 1897 the neighbouring parishes took the spiritual patronage over the population of the district. At first, the priests served Mass in a simple trailer. A few years later, a talented car designer Hippolyte Panhard donated to the new parish money to purchase land for the Church. It was a generous gift of land in the boom years was very expensive.

The building in Gothic style was designed by the architect Jules Astruc. In 1910 the Church was completed and consecrated in memory of the Christian Martyr Saint Hippolyte.

St. Hippolytus was the guardian of the prison under the emperors Decius and Valerian (III century). In Christianity Hippolytus drew before his death archdeacon Lawrence, and the jailer cellar bodies in the Christian tradition. This was reported Deciu, who ordered Hippolytus to beat with sticks, demanding the renunciation of faith. "I am a soldier of Christ, my Savior, and I wish for him to die," answered the jailer. All of his relatives were killed, the Hippolytus was tied to horses that dragged the Martyr-stones, until he died.

Above the entrance to the Church is the tympanum of the brush Henri Marret, "the Double martyrdom of St. Hippolytus and St. Lawrence". The artist truthfully conveyed the suffering linked to the powerful horses of St. Hippolytus, but sinned against the truth concerning the Holy Lawrence: he ended his days on an iron grate over the fire.

In 1924, the Church was expanded and gained its current size. In its interior stand out the mosaics in the Byzantine spirit of the work of Henri Girard. Above the entrance in the main aisle - reliefs of the work of Jacques Martin, depicting the life of St. Hippolytus.

The area where the Church is located, built skyscrapers, the bell tower of Saint-Hippolyte is lost on their background. Generations have changed, changed peoples: Porte de Choisy is now a district of immigrants from Southeast Asia. The Church is located in the heart of the local Chinatown.