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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Church of Saint Severin

We wandered through the tourist area across from Notre Dame, along all the blocks around Boulevard Saint Michel.  Tons of tourists, and cafes full of people sitting outside because this is the nicest day of the year so far.  In our wanderings, we passed the side of some huge church that we couldn't really see because we were in this narrow pedestrian street right up to the side of it.  Later, we came around a bend on the other side and saw how big and old it was.

Gargoyle near front entrance of Church of Saint Severin

It turned out to be the Church of Saint Severin, built in the 1300's and updated a few times in the 1400's.  A church like this, six or seven hundred years old, with an incredible organ, great gothic stone arches everywhere, and some excellent stained glass windows, barely rates a mention in Paris.  This is the kind of thing I'd hoped to find here.  Something really special that's rarely remarked on because it's overshadowed by the big Paris icons.

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