The Église du Saint-Esprit is a Roman Catholic church in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France, in the southeast of the city. It was built in 1928–35. The cathedral has a very large reinforced concrete dome, unusual for the period. The interior is richly decorated by contemporary artists of the Ateliers d'Art Sacré.With our international travel planner, Paris attractions like Eglise du Saint-Esprit can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
The urban population in the neighborhood had been growing since 1860, which created the need for the church. The land between avenue Daumesnil and rue Claude Decaen was purchased in 1927 by the Archbishop, Cardinal Dubois, and his auxiliary Mgr Crépin. The Église Saint-Esprit was built between 1928 and 1935 by the architect Paul Tournon following a plan inspired by that of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. It was built of reinforced concrete with a facing of red bricks from Burgundy. Tournon said that the huge dome made light by the row of openings at its base, with the square nave that supported it, symbolized the union of the divine and the earth. The dome is in diameter and its summit is above ground level. Use of reinforced concrete for the vertical supports and the dome was a major technical feat at the time.
The crypt was inaugurated in Ascension 1929 and served as a chapel while the upper part of the church was built. The work progressed slowly due to lack of funding. When Cardinal Dubois died in 1929 he was replaced by Bishop Verdier, who resumed construction in 1932. His bust is above the main door.
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If you don’t know about this place you would walk, ride or drive right by it. Represented to be the only cathedral that survived the French revolution and it was saved from destruction by a quick... more »
This rarely visited treasure in eastern Paris closely resembles Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and is one of the most breathtaking Byzantine churches we have ever seen. There is a massive domed ceiling... more »
Most impressive interior despite the modest entrance
Well situated and would recommend to visit when in the area
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