The Parisian Church of Notre Dame de Lorette

Today I wished to share with our readers some photographs of the beautiful Parisian church of Notre Dame de Lorette.  Construction on this particular church began in 1823 and was completed in 1836. It is a remarkably beautiful church done in the neoclassical style. (Some of our readers may also find it of interest to know that it was in this church that the famed Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, was baptized.) Here are two views, one taken from nearer the narthex and another from further up the nave.

Source: Connie Ma - CC BY-SA 2.0,

Another angle provides a better sense of the proportions of the historical sanctuary (if not also the unfortunate -- and one must say unnecessary -- additions made following the Council). 

Here too is a further detail of the high altar itself:

Source: Connie Ma -  CC BY-SA 2.0,
As we look from another direction, in the church one can better see some of the details of the ceiling as well as the pulpit.

Finally, here are some images of one of the chapels, the baptistery and the exterior facade.

The baptistery
The baptismal font


As we have been discussing the power of traditional church orderings, I thought it might be of interest to our readers to see an approximation of the traditional sanctuary of this church as it was historically intended.

Left: The sanctuary as it stands today. Right: A graphically altered image to approximate the historical ordering.
Here too is a historical image of the church in its original integrity.

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