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Église St-Augustin de Paris

Cathedral Address: 46 Boulevard Malesherbes, Paris France
Area: Champs-Elysées/Louvre
Arrondissement: 8th
Opening times: Sunday 8.30 am to 12.30 pm and 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm; Monday through Friday from 8.30 am to 7.00 pm; Saturday from 8.30 to 12.00 and 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm
Transport: M° (Metro) - St-Augustin (M9) or Saint-Lazare (M3, M12, M13, M14); RER: Saint-Lazare (J, L)
Entry Cost: Free of charge

History of Église St-Augustin de Paris

The church of Saint-Augustin de Paris is the only church built by the architect Victor Baltar, also builder of Les Halles in Paris and in charge in his career, the restoration of many churches. 100m long, 80m high to the lantern dome 25m in diameter, was the first time we built a church of this size with a metal frame covered with stones. Baltard no attempt to hide the metal: the skeleton is seen at the ceiling and columns. Cast iron pillars gilded polychrome decorated with angels support the whole edifice. The choir is hosting a large circular dome cast and opens on three chapels dominated each by an open forum.

St. Augustine was converted into a Roman-Byzantine style, sometimes eclectic novel for the nave with arches, Byzantine to the choir with its dome, but also for the ancient and Renaissance ciborium vaguely elsewhere. It is an austere church, dark, like no other in Paris. It is far from the beauty of St. Francis Xavier or Holy Trinity , built at the same time. As they say, the architect wanted to mix the artistic criteria of the time the spiritual needs of the community of believers ... What would St. Augustine if the elevations were light cream?