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“Free weekend concerts in a Gothic jewel box, just steps from the Pompidou Center”
Review of Eglise Saint Merri

Eglise Saint Merri
Ranked #266 of 1,326 things to do in Paris
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

Tucked into the bustling commercial district of Les Halles, not far from the defiantly 20th century Pompidou Center, St Merry is easily overlooked. The main entrance of this flamboyant Gothic gem is on rue St Martin, but it is rarely used; come in through the unmarked entrance around the corner on rue de la Verrerie.

St Merry (sometimes rendered St Merrie or St Merri) is a small church, lovely and historic, with the oldest bells in the city, some fine stained glass, and a couple of palm trees, carved in dark wood, supporting the pulpit. In addition to - or perhaps as a part of - its community outreach, St Merry hosts free concerts on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Mostly classical music, and of a consistently high caliber, the concerts last about 90 minutes, and a basket is passed for voluntary contributions during the intermission. Free tours of the church are offered on the first and third Sundays of the month, after the concerts.

Background of this program, and the schedule, can be found at www.acceuilmusical.fr. For an excellent overview of the church, including its artwork, check out www.stmerri.org - translation buttons are on the bottom left of the page. Please note that the church gets chilly in the winter, and the state of the heating system (such as it is) is a frequent topic of discussion between staff personnel and members of the audience, which tends to skew toward older Parisians.

To continue the free-concert-at-Gothic-church-on-Sunday theme: When the concert at St Merry is over, it's an easy walk to the larger St Eustache for a half-hour organ concert before 6 PM Mass. Be sure to check out the 'pig window' with the seal of the Pig Butchers' (Charcuterie) Guild, the Keith Haring altarpiece, and the striking polychrome sculpture by Raymond Mason, commemorating the departure of the produce market from Les Halles.

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Reviewed 7 July 2013

I wandered into this church while exploring the Marais neighborhood. It is peaceful and quiet inside. It appears to have withstood a lot of history, so I am not quite certain as to why more effort hasn't been put into its preservation.

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Reviewed 29 April 2013

I saw this church from the windows of the Pompidou Centre. And certainly, I decided to make my visit. This is a small church in Paris, located on the busy street Rue Saint Martin. The church was called "Notre Dame la petite" (the little). When I entered, for my surprised, I saw the sound equipment for rock concerts. Probably, yesterday there was a concert, because all the technicians ready for the assembly. The drum set looked very extraordinary on the background the crucifixion of Christ. And I liked it! I didn't see anywhere else! And also, I saw contemporary sculpture "Christ aux outrages", created by de Pierre de Grauw is the contrast between the old and the modern church of Saint-Merry. I think you must visit this beautiful church when you will be in Paris!

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Reviewed 7 March 2013

Whether you enter the churches of Europe for devotion or for love of art or architecture, this church in Paris is amazing. We had never heard of it, and just happened to stumble across it while wandering one late afternoon as tourists. We stopped in mostly to rest a while. What do I remember about it? It is old, dark, dusty and even mysterious. Somewhat in poor condition the last time I saw it. But mostly what I remember is the alter. Above it is the most lovely piece of art. It is somwhat like a golden star with rays coming off of it. There are angels about it. In the center of it you will see four letters, written in Hebrew: the sacred name of God. If seeing that means something to you, once you have seen it you will never forget.

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