One of the most theatrical churches in Paris, Sainte -Trinité, simply known as Trinité or Holy Trinity, is representative of the rebuilding under Haussmann: discover a rich facade and many art pieces inside the building dominating the neighborhood.
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Built between 1861 and 1967 the church Sainte-Trinité, simply called Trinité was designed vt the architect Theodore Bally as part of the reorganization of Paris under Haussmann. It was consecrated in 1913.
Its Renaissance style is sometimes quite heavy but Haussmann wanted something spectacular for this rich neighbourhood. It is an impressive building: 90m in lenght, 34m in width, 30m high and a bell tower at 65m. Because of its size its was built on a metal frame.
The Facade of Sainte-Trinité
The Trinity church tower the area with an impressive facade and a high bell tower. Almost every piece of strucutre in is in thirds to represente the Holy Trinity: the arches, the statues... Haussmann wanted something impressive for this rich neighbourhood.
Part of the Haussmann profject included the creation of many squares like Napoleon had seen in London. So in front of the Trinity church is the relaxing Estienne-d'Orves square with a playground for the kids. It includes 3 fountains and 3 statues (Faith, Charity and Hope by Françis Duret) but I have no pictures as they were under renovation work.
Inside the Trinite church
As you will see in the photos below, the architect made the inside as impressive as the outside.
View towards the back:
Artwork in the Holy Trinity church
The chapels on each side of the church all have huge religious paintings from the 19th century.
At lot of the glass is transparent, letting the light come in the building. However the church abside has some beautiful stained glasses.
There are also many statues all around the church:
The Organ is not as impressive as some in other churches in Paris such as Saint Eustache, but one of the previous organ player apparently made the church quite reknown with his talent.
Walking around the Trinité church
As I walkd around the square to reach the entrance, I was very happy to find a hole in the the trees allowing me this beautiful view of he church:
The facade is very rich in decor and in comparison the rest of the building is very boring with straight line and almost no decor.
Sainte Trinite church from further away
Haussmann has created streets so that you can always see the major buildings at the end. So as you get away, its slihouette is still very recognizable:
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