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A little history of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont

The church | Velual / CC-BY
Parish church Saint-Etienne-du-Mont church in Paris

Saint Geneviève hill's parishioners used to gather in the crypt of Sainte-Geneviève abbey, near the altar "Saint-Jean-du-Mont".

In 1221, they were allowed to raise a real church, replaced by the current building in the 15th century.

Architect Etienne Viguier started the building work in 1492 with the choir, completed in 1540; the 50 metres high square bell-tower was finished in 1628, the Renaissance portal between 1606 and 1622 based on plans by Claude Guérin.

The famous jubé ("rood-screen", unique in Paris) was designed by Antoine Beaucorps (1530-1545).

The church inherited from sainte Geneviève's tomb in 1803: even a piece of the 512 grave was found (the saint's reliquary was burnt in 1793 during French revolution!)

This chapel was richly decorated and a new reliquary was made in 1853.

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