May 20, 2007

Sainte Marie des Batignolles

The other day I took a picture of the newly confirmed girls and boys outside our catholic parish church, Sainte Marie des Batignolles. It’s definitely not one of the more famous churches in Paris.

Yesterday I had a look inside. I wanted more especially to see their concert program (most churches offer frequently good concerts, mostly free of charge).

I was in particular struck by the sculpture of St. Mary above the altar. It reminded me, especially colour wise, of some Wedgwood biscuit. I could not find any more detailed information about who created it.


The church was first built as a small chapel in 1826. It was extended to its present shape in 1851. Built more or less in the shape of a Greek temple, it’s one of the few Paris churches without a real tower. There is a small bell on the top, still indicating the hours of the day.

Wedgwood vase.

21 comments:

Hogrelius said...

Detta "kapell" har jag missat.Många andra har jag sett i Paris.Som turist så dras man till de stora välkända kyrkorna.

lyliane said...

Je suis allée dans cette église où j'ai fait brûler un cierge pour tous ceux que j'aime.Il y avait un concert le soir suivant. En parlant de concert,je chante avec ma chorale les 7 paroles du Christ(dur morceau à avaler..)le vendredi 8 juin à Gaillon, et le samedi 9 juin à l'église de Pacy/eure, à 20h30, venez nombreux....

Steve said...

Hi Peter,
I had a nice visit to your blog after seeing your link at Pink Ginger's blog. Enjoyed the doors photos and graffiti and reading a little bit. Thanks and take care.
Steve

Martel said...

It is beautiful this church. I soon will put photographs of our church (the most important monument of Martel)

My blog photographs one Martel

April said...

It almost looks like a Greek temple. You didn't find any infromation inside the church? We often can find little booklets or brochurs inside which you can buy for a small amount.

Cergie said...

Je n'ai pas réussi à aggrandir le montage
Je me demande si ce sont deux vitraux l'un à coté de l'autre et s'ils sont anciens (ont-ils comme il arrive été détruits et refaits ?)

Bien, la photo de la statue au dessus de l'autel. Assez magique.
Pas facile de réussir les photos d'intérieur d'églises.

Peter said...

April:
There was a small booklet, but not more info than what I gave you. I tried Internet, but nothing more... If I go back I may find somebody to ask, but when I went I was the only visitor.

Cergie:
Je n'ai pas encore trouvé comment faire des montages qu'on peut agrandir. Je le fait sur PowerPoint, mais il y a sans doute des meilleures solutions.
Je pense que les vitraux datent de la construction, mais l'église est sans doute trop insignifiante pour qu'on trouve des infos sur Internet et la petite plaquette que j'ai trouvé dans l'église ne donne aucun renseignement. Il y a une vingtaine de vitraux. J'ai photographié deux au hasard.

alice said...

Bonjour Peter! Thank you for visiting my blog. I knew how to make a collage with four photos with Photofiltre, but for many photos like today, I used Picasa which makes it automatically! I'd be happy if I can help you, let me know. Have a nice Sunday!

hpy said...

Tu peux encore assister à la messe aujourd'hui si tu te grouilles!

Glenn Standish said...

The interior is simply beautiful Peter!

alice said...

J'allais oublier de vous féliciter pour les photos à l'intérieur de l'église, conditions d'éclairage pas faciles! Je ne sais pas quel temps il fait aujourd'hui à Paris, mais Picasa peut occuper quelques heures d'un dimanche de pluie...pour ma part, je vais planter mes tomates!

Peter said...

alice:
Il pleut. Je vais sans doute trouver le temps d'essayer le Picasa. Merci pour le conseil.

hpy:
Merci aussi pour ton conseil que je risque pourtant de ne pas suivre.

Emily Lin said...

This chapel is beautiful! LOVE the sculpture too. I've never seen any kind of that in person. Just seen them in TV.

Kate said...

I saw your comment on another blog about "patchworks" or collages. Subscribe to free Picasa and it's easy as can be and lots of fun to make collages. I've done a few and posted them already and am quite satisfied with the results. Good luck. PS. The stained glass windows are bright and beautiful.

Peter said...

Thanks for good advice.

I have now loaded Picasa and believe I know how it works.

Once more, thanks!!!

Matritensis said...

It´s a weird church, but very beautiful

Nathalie said...

Moins inspirée par l'église d'hier que par l'oie d'hier... l'odeur d'encens, ce n'est pas vraiment mon truc. Mais la photo de Sainte Biscuit est superbe.

Shionge said...

I have a wedgewood bell and after this post of yours, me gonna give it a second look, thank you Peter.

black feline said...

simply awesome....whenever i visit Europe...I particularly love to visit the churches...the really ancient ones....goethic..etc

MONA said...

The stained glasswork in churches is always so admirable.But I have seen some fascinating modern ones too!

The church is indeed like a Greek Temple! & so is White House I guess!

Seda said...

Hey Peter,
Thanks for visiting me regularly... I am having health problems lately...SO can't find enough time to post or comment regularly. Hope I will be back soon...