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“A moving monument to children in a pretty Parisian park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Julien le Pauvre

St. Julien le Pauvre
Paris, France (Odeon / Saint-Michel)
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Ranked #195 of 1,131 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: This small Greek Orthodox church, which was completed in the early 13th century, is named for a bishop who gave away all of his money.
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“A moving monument to children in a pretty Parisian park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Travellers who visit St. Julien le Pauvre church might wish to know of a moving monument to children in the adjoining park. It is composed of a tall glass panel with two baby hands etched at the top. The sun was shining through the glass the day we first saw it, outlining the hands with dancing beams of light. During WW 11, over 11,000 children were arrested in France by the Vichy police on behalf of the Nazis. They were eventually murdered in concentration camps, because they were all born Jewish. Around 100 of these children lived in the Fifth Arondissement in which St. Julien le Pauvre is situated. The glass monument has the names of the eleven very youngest local victims inscribed on it, all of whom were too young to have even had the chance to attend school. The memorial invites passers-by to read their names so that they are remembered, however briefly:
Marcel Chazenbus - 5 years
Rachel Cohen - 5 years
Eliane Cohen - 3 years
Jacques Fuszel - 5 years
Michelle Goldlberg - 4 years
Bernard Goldenchwajg - 5 years
Irene Pytel - 4 years
Rosette Pytel - 1 year
Arnold Rubensztejn - 3 years
David Steinschneider - 6 years
Francine Szapiro - 3 years
Germaine Allreich - 3 years
Nathan Wakzul - 4 years
Smil Wieder - 4 years

Visited October 2012
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“It's all about the concerts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

This Orthodox church, claiming to be the oldest Church in Paris (along with St. Germain des Pres) is the most modest of churches and not particularly interesting by itself, except perhaps as a contrast to the sometimes opulent, usually majestic and awe-inspiring other churches and cathedrals in Paris. However, if you attend one of the various concerts there, it may very well knock your socks off! One night, when we attended, the pianist (first name Jean-Christophe, I believe) was the best I've ever heard in the U.S. or internationally. His hands seemed to be part of the Steinway on which he was playing Chopin's Nocturnes. When he was done, the stunned audience was breathless for about 5 seconds, after which they burst into passionate applause for what we mused might have been the premier cultural event in the world that night!

Visited May 2012
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“A small park and church joined in legend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Practically in the shadow of Notre Dame is a delightful little park, Square Rene Viviani, named in honor of a French politician. In the middle of the square is a tall, triangular-shaped bronze fountain in a sunken circular garden. It was created by Georges Jeanclos in 1995 and represents the legend of Saint Julien Le Pauvre, Hospice-keeper. Saint Julien built a hospice by the river, where he selflessly cared for the sick and less fortunate. The surfaces of the 3 panels are covered in stylized droplets, which probably refer to the river location of the hospice. In the center of each panel is a stag’s head-- a talking stag plays an important role in the legend of St. Julien --and water is supposed to stream out of its mouth, but that was not happening on the day I was there. On the edges and at the top of the panels, many small figures can be seen, sculpted to depict Julien supporting and comforting the sick and needy.

In the southwest corner of Square Rene Viviani is one of the oldest trees in Paris. It was supposedly planted in 1602, and right now its trunk is fortified with concrete. It is known as the “Lucky Tree of Paris,“ which will bring good luck to those who gently touch the tree’s bark.

Beyond this tree is the small Church of Saint Julien Le Pauvre, which borders Square Rene Viviani to the south. It is one of the oldest, if not THE oldest church in Paris. It was built in the 12th century on the ruins of a 6th century church. According to the legend, St. Julien The Poor mistakenly killed his parents. To atone for this sin, Julien built a hospice near a river where he and his wife cared for travelers. One of these travelers happened to be Jesus disguised as a leper, and forgiveness for Julien's sin was granted. Fittingly, St. Julien is a patron saint of travelers and ferrymen. I was greatly surprised when I was allowed to take flash photos inside the church, which is a rare occurrence in Paris. The size of the church allows you to relate more closely to its religious nature, to feel more solemnity, and because of its age, to hearken back to a long ago period in the church’s history.

Notre Dame gets the lion’s share of attention in this neighborhood, but this charming park with its fountain, its very, very old tree and small but history-laden church is well worth a visit.

Visited October 2011
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“Chopin and Listz at their best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

We saw fliers for an evening concert in this beautiful ancient church and just turned up and paid at the door. The recital was first class,the best interpretation of Chopin I have heard, with wonderful tone and sensitivity.Herbert is a true Maestro. An unforgettable experience.

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“Lovely garden”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

We stayed in an apartment opposite the old church & garden. Each afternoon we enjoyed our hot choclate & crepe or macaroons & hot choclate in the garden.

Visited January 2012
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