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(NEW SERIES VOLUME XIX
“ Surge igitur et fac et erit Dominus tecum"
PUBLISHED UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENCE OF
AND NEW BOND STREET
“Surge igitur et fac: et erit Bominus tecum."
No. CXLII.—FEBRUARY, 1861.
(NEW SERIES, NO. Cvi.)
EARLY ECCLESIASTICAL BUILDINGS IN PARIS.
Many of our readers are probably not aware of the existence of any ancient ecclesiastical buildings in Paris beyond the well known speci. mens of Notre Dame, of the Sainte Chapelle, and perhaps S. Germain des Prés. There are indeed some large Flamboyant churches in some , what public situations, ás S. Germain l'Auxerrois, S. Gervais, S. Laurent, S. Merri, and S. Nicolas des Champs, but the earlier speci. mens are generally unknown and not easily found.
For the guidance of those who are interested in such subjects, we would notice briefly a few of these hidden treasures.
1. The church of S. Julien le Pauvre, now used as the chapel of the Hotel Dieu, and wholly enclosed by the buildings of the hospital, is in a tolerably complete state. It is a small church, said to have been rebuilt about 1160, of very early First-Pointed character : but some of the original features seem to have been tampered with in alterations made about 1675, when the two western bays of the nave were destroyed. The plan comprises a nave and choir, each with north and south aisles, and both choir and aisles terminating in semicircular apses. The nave has now only four bays, and its arcades now present low semicircular arches of very plain character, and square piers having octagonal capitals, some with rude foliage and some plain. Above is a clerestory of single windows with semicircular heads, and it is probable that these features were mutilated or clumsily reconstructed at the period named. The choir is of superior elegance, and in its original state. It has excellent groining, with moulded ribs and bosses, the ribs carried on shafts clustered, except in the intermediate division, and having abaci and capitals of early and varied sculpture. There are two bold Pointed arches on each side of the choir opening to the aisles, and springing from large circular columns with abaci and fine sculptured capitals, above which are clerestory windows of two lights divided by columns. The capitals of the different columns in this