September 7, 2012

Paris: St. Sulpice

I hope you are enjoying my photos from Paris, because over the course of the two weeks I was in France, I took thousands of shots.  I’ve already posted nearly two week’s worth of images on this site.  On the flight home yesterday, I spent eight hours sorting through the images, organizing and prepping just my favorite shots.  I think  there are easily another month’s worth of images to share.

In this post I bring you St. Sulpice church.  If you have read Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, this church may be familiar to you.  Located a few blocks north of the Luxembourg Garden, the beautiful Baroque church is just slightly smaller than Notre Dame and the site of the baptism of the Marquis de Sade and the wedding of Victor Hugo.

Have you ever visited St. Sulpice?  Do you have a favorite shot below?  Any tips or tricks to pass along about shooting churches?

St. Sulpice Photo #1.  The fountain in the church square was created by Visconti and features sculptures of four bishops from the Louis XIV era.  In the background of this shot, you can also get a glimpse of one of the two church towers. 

St. Sulpice Photo #2.  A view of the interior of St. Sulpice.  Many of the French churches and chapels I’ve visited have featured these small, wood and wicker chairs rather than pews.

St. Sulpice Photo #3.  The gnomon, or meridian line, located in St. Sulpice is anstronomical instrument from the 18th century used to determine the date of Easter each year based upon the sun’s rays shining through a small hole in the church wall, traveling along a bronze line on the church floor, and hitting the obelisk on winter solstice and the bronze table on the spring and autumn equinoxes.  In Dan Brown’s book, he refers to the gnomon as the Rose Line, but a statement posted in the church states that it was never called such a thing.

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Join the conversation! 3 Comments

  1. Such a great angle on that lead shot. Had to pop in and say hi. Mostly I’ve just been liking.

    • Jo, thanks for your encouragement, and for leaving a quick comment in addition to all of the “likes.” I hope it’s not too much Paris, but then again, how can you have too much Paris? 🙂

  2. Wow just beautiful! Thank you for sharing!


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About Sage Scott

Shutterbug Sage began as a 365 photo project.


City, Photography, Travel


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