May 2019 - Paris France
The neighbourhood around the church is a great way to spend a day.
It played a very important role in the literary, philosophical and artistic world of Paris in the 19th and 20th centuries. Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir lived in small studio apartments in the neighborhood, along with Pablo Picasso. Albert Camus, Simone de Beauvoir, and Jean-Paul Sartre could be often found at the Café de Flore. Writers Honoré de Balzac and George Sand were fond of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, as well as painter Édouard Manet.
Halfway through a major five-year restoration, the Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the oldest church in Paris.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés has an impressive organ that was build in 1679 and installed in this church in 1805-1810. However it was completely reconstructed several times after that. Concerts are regularly held in this old church which has great acoustics.
I can't believe I can't find out more about this intriguing sculpture.