Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais – A Closer Look

In yesterday’s post we took a quick look around this extraordinary church on Paris’ Right Bank (Rive Droite). Today we’ll focus on the impressive Tribune organ and the colourful and intricate stained glass windows. Let’s jump right in with the organ.

Located at the rear entrance of the church, this large organ has been associated with the famed Couperin family, known by many as one of the most important in French music history. This organ, one of three contained within Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais, has been named an historic landmark of Paris.

It’s difficult to get up close and personal to something high above the ground, but let’s try to get a slightly better look.

I like the angel portrayed at the bottom of the organ, as well as the stained glass peeking from behind the top.

Speaking of stained glass, let’s take a look at some of the examples I found during my visit.

The above is titled Wisdom of Solomon, based on an Hebrew biblical story, and was created by Jean Chastellain.

The following brightly coloured pieces were created by 4th generation master glass maker, Sylvie Gaudin, during the 20th century.

If you take anything from my blog, please let it be to always look up (and down) wherever you are. Had I kept my eyes firmly focused forward, I’d have missed these pretty stained glass windows high up near the ceiling.

One of the more moving spaces of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais was the Chapel of the Virgin, with more examples of the Wisdom of Solomon installation.

Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais is yet another example of the city’s rich history, thoughtful art, and peaceful spaces – all of which I thoroughly enjoy.

Paris is home to many impressive churches and cathedrals, and I could happily spend my time visiting one after the other if I had more time to do so.

Bonne journée!

Marla