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Paroisse Saint-Eustache
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This huge cathedral represents a transition between Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
Paris, France
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“Nothing to rush for”
Reviewed 23 June 2013

There are better places to go and find and see in Paris. Be careful.. very careful around this region for the pick pockets and grifters, it was an area of Paris that I could not get out of quick enough

Visited June 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Richelieu, Mozart, Rubens and Keith Haring”
Reviewed 2 June 2013

Saint Eustache is definitely a church with an illustrious past. Situated in the commercial heart of Paris (the famous market "les Halles" and the Stock exchange are nearby), it has always been a place where prominent people went in and out. Amongst the who is who are Richelieu, who was baptised here, Louis XIV, who received his first communion and Moliere, who married in this church. Mozart was also here, but on a sad occasion. His mother passed away in Paris during her son's 1788 international road show and was buried in St. Eustache.
Saint Eustache is a beautiful building blending gothic with renaissance elements. Gothic style was already a bit on its way out when St Eustache was designed in the 16th century. It remained the dominant element of the church's structure, but many of the decorative elements were "already" designed in the new Renaissance style. When you enter, the dominant impression is that of a very spacious and "airy" cathedral. This is not least due to the fact that the church had to fit into the existing system of surrounding streets. As a consequence, Saint Eustache is very high in proportion to its length. The fact that the church had to fit into a given slot can also be traced back in the series of chapels towards "les Halles", which become less deep the further they are away from the main altar.
As regards the interior, three items stick out of the rich decoration: First of all, the monumental organ, the biggest in entire France, secondly, several painting of Rubens and thirdly, believe it or not, a tryptichon by Keith Haring. How come? - Well, for you to find out.

Visited May 2013
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Leonding, Austria
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“second largest church in Paris, but most beautiful?”
Reviewed 5 May 2013

decide yourself. I just love the spirit there. look online for the mass schedule and try to visit one of the organ masses, unbelievable. some of it in Latin, most in French. You don't need to be Christian to appreciate the unique atmosphere. exit les halles, on sunday there is right next to the church a nice little food market in rue Montmartre, lots of interesting shops and food stores.

Visited May 2013
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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“Pleased i visited”
Reviewed 1 May 2013 via mobile

Someone practising on the organ. Lovely amd crowd-free. Just in the area really. Got some nice photos. (100 characters yet??)

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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Wonderful”
Reviewed 27 April 2013

Simply huge and beautiful. Our first Church of the trip attended. Was close to our flat in Les Halles and wonderful to see, touch and experience.

Visited April 2013
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