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Catholic architecture and evolution of beliefs


Notre-Dame fo Paris is one of the best representation of the Catholic architecture…

Comparing three major churches provides a handle on the way in which the secular priorities of the Church evolved in France. At medieval Notre-Dame, innumerable sculpted figures invite the population to salvation. At 17th-century Saint-Paul Saint-Louis, in the heart of the once-aristocratic Marais district, a single figure peers down from the height of the façade: but he is a saint and king. And from the Montmartre hilltop, the colossal Church of the Sacred Heart dominates much of the city.

We discover three legendary neighborhoods, and grasp the evolution of French society from the Middle Ages until the turn of the 19th century.


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