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Sainte-Elizabeth-de-Hongrie: photos, description Eglise Sainte-Elisabeth-de-Hongrie)

Sainte-Elizabeth-de-Hongrie dedicated to Saint Elizabeth the Hungarian and the virgin of Mercy, embodies the history of Europe - the good and the bad.

First Church was a chapel of the Franciscan monastery. Marie de Medici laid its first stone in 1628. The temple was consecrated eighteen years, Jean-françois Paul de Gondi, the future leader of the Fronde, and the cardinal de Retz, and then coadjutor of the Archbishop of Paris. The Church is closely adhered to Templo that after the defeat of the knights Templar was ruled by the Order of Malta, and was considered a parish of the knights of Malta.

During the revolution it was used as a warehouse for animal feed (surprisingly survived a hundred magnificent carved wooden panels of the XVII century, depicting scenes from the old and New Testaments). The parish priest, father Severin girault, have not renounced their faith, slaughtered peaks during the September massacres of 1792. Now he is beatified.

It is from here, from Sainte-Elizabeth-de-Hongre, brought the last sacrament to Louis XVI held before his execution in the tower Temple. The painting in the Church shows the heartbreaking moment of farewell of the king family.

The building was returned to its destination in 1829, but during an extensive renovation of the Sainte-Elizabeth-de-Hongrie lost his chapel - Baron Haussmann needed to make room for street Turbigo.

Today the Church Ministers to Elisabeth the Order of Malta in Paris, Hungarian and Chinese communities (the Chinese emerged after the First world war), the family of the Franciscans and the parish. When on festive occasions all together, especially keenly felt that the Church Universal.

The facade is decorated with a Pietà, a reminder that this is the Church of our lady of Mercy, and of the four statues. On the first floor is the statue of St. Louis, a contemporary of Elizabeth of Hungary, and a female figure on the left hand of the entrance - not Elizabeth herself, as one would assume, and Eugenia, wife of Napoleon. The statues of Elizabeth and Francis of Assisi inspired the selfless, modest are located upstairs. This was Elizabeth - daughter of king, wife of the Landgrave of Thuringia, who preferred modesty and simplicity. She gave in charity, helped the poor; beloved husband Ludwig in everything helped her. When he died of the plague during a crusade, Elizabeth entered the third Franciscan Order (for lay people), all gave to the poor and the sick, worked in the hospital built by it literally to exhaustion and died after living a life of Holiness. She was 24 years old.