Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre Church

Paris, France

Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre is a Melkite Greek Catholic parish church in Paris, France, and one of the city's oldest religious buildings. It replaced a Merovingian refuge for pilgrims, or an older church dating back to the 6th century. The earliest mention of such a site was found in texts authored by Gregory, bishop of Tours, who resided there during the rule of Chilperic I, king of Neustria. A synagogue serving the Jewish residents, probably the oldest in the city, was located in its environs.

The new building, inspired by either the Notre Dame Cathedral or the Saint Pierre de Montmartre church, was begun ca. 1165-1170. The building effort was supported by the Clunaic monastic community of Longpont, and their enterprise resulted in the completion of the choir and, most likely, the nave (ca. 1210-1220). According to 16th century chronicler Étienne Pasquier, the site was connected with the University of Paris foundation, serving as a site for its School of Theology and Arts, and, after the resulting split between the faculties, only as the School of Arts.

All early construction seems to have stopped ca. 1250. In 1651, following several centuries of neglect, two of the original bays in the nave were demolished, and a northwestern facade was added; the northern aisle was preserved, and two of its bays serves as a sacristy. After more than a century, during the French Revolution, the building was listed for demolition, and suffered more damage as a result. Before the second half of the 19th century, Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre underwent restoration under the direction of architect Franz Christian Gau.

In 1889, under the Third French Republic, the church was awarded to the Melkite (Arab and Middle Eastern) community in Paris. In preparation for this, significant restoration was again carried out.



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Founded: 1210-1220
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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aram brazilian (2 months ago)
Not the largest church but probably my favorite. It was built in the 13th century so it’s got that going for it and it’s been through a lot over the years, including seeing action in WW2. Some of the stones in its courtyard date back to the Romans. We recently attended a lovely concert here on a Saturday afternoon that I will never forget.
Putri Dumadi (2 months ago)
Beautiful little church near the Notre Dame’s area and Pont Neuf bridge. Also just right beside/ behind the jardin Viviani
Reina Bou Khalil (2 months ago)
Within the Quartier latin, this church was built with the notre dame de Paris cathedral, it is one of the oldest religious building in Paris. Amazing must see medieval church for melkite greek orthodox. It was dedicated to 2 french saints holding the name of julian.
Alessandro Stefan (5 months ago)
A really beautiful church, i mean all churches in Paris are beautiful, but this is special. In this church they have a couple of times a month certain events, musical events that your heart will enjoy. It is beside the Oldest Tree in Paris, another must see place near the Notre Dame de Paris. Take your time to visit these places and if there is an event don't hesitate to check it out.
Kuldip Singh (11 months ago)
Beautiful old church close to Notre Dame cathedral. The church is located among some pretty streets.
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