Walking through the striking purple doors of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais, I wasn’t expecting to find myself confronted by centuries of history. Truth be told, I was simply killing time when I stumbled upon what I assumed to be just yet another Parisian church.
Built between 1494 and 1657, Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais was a parish church before it became the headquarters of the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem in 1975. What’s that? From what I gather, it’s an order in an urban setting devoted to monastic life.
I also learned that this Catholic church is dedicated to Saints Gervasius and Protasius, two Christian martyrs from Italy in the 2nd Century.
While the current church is the third on this particular site, the earliest dates back to the 7th Century – making it one of the first parish churches on the right bank in Paris.
As you can see, what I foolishly expected to simply be yet another church proved to be another knock my socks off experience.
Join me tomorrow for a post about the impressive church organ and stained glass windows.