The Church of St. Lawrence in Paris is a beautiful Roman Catholic church in the Flamboyant Gothic style listed as a historic monument by the French Ministry of Culture.
The church (Église Saint-Laurent) was built on one of the oldest church sites in Paris, mentioned in 583 by Gregory of Yours, a Gallo-Roman historian. Since then, the building was rebuilt several times and has undergone many works: the basement of the bell tower was built in the 12th century, the choir is from the 15th century, the ribbed vault of the main nave dates from the 17th century, the choir aisles and the oval chapel of the Virgin were designed in the early 18th century.
What is Flamboyant Gothic?
Flamboyant Gothic is an ornate style of Late Gothic architecture, popular in France in the 15th century. The name of the style comes from the flame-like ornamental patterns and the strong elongation of the gables and tops of the arches.
By the way, the Manueline style in Portugal and the Isabelline in Spain at the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century continued this trend in an even more extravagant manner.
The Church of St. Lawrence is imposing and looks like a cathedral. The interior is a little dark but probably to highlight its magnificent stained glass windows. Its portal is beautifully decorated with an enameled lava painting by Jean-Paul Balze in 1870. Without a doubt, the church deserves to be seen.
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The church is located in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, near the Gare de l’Est and is accessible by this metro station, lines 4, 5, and 7.
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