light leaks through the door by ragman

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Eglise Saint-Jean-de-Montmartre, Paris, France

Lumix Leica LX3 20mm full frame

In Paris, Saint Pierre de Montmartre is the lesser known of the two main churches on Montmartre, the other being the Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur. Historically, however, it has the greater claim to fame, since according to the earliest biography of Saint Ignatius Loyola, the church is the location at which the vows were taken that led to the founding of the Jesuits.

Though according to its traditional history, it was founded by Saint Denis in the third century, only scattered signs of Gallo-Roman occupation have been detected at the much-disturbed site,[ where Theodore Vacquier, the first municipal archaeologist, identified remains of walling at the Temple of Mars, from which Montmartre took its name.

In 1657 the antiquary and local historian Henri Sauval was shown remains in the priory garden that he associated with the templum Martis. The early church3 that was a stop in the ninth century for pilgrims en route for the Basilica of Saint Denis,4 belonged in 1096 to the comte de Melun. Louis VI purchased it in 1133, in order to establish in it a Benedictine convent, and the Merovingian church was rebuilt; it was reconsecrated by Pope Eugenius III in 1147, in a glamorous royal ceremony where Bernard of Clairvaux and Peter, Abbot of Cluny acted as acolytes.5

The Benedictine community moved downhill to a new priory in the 1680s. Saint Pierre de Montmartre was ruined during the French Revolution, and upon it was erected a tower for the purpose of the Chappe optical semaphore. It was rebuilt in the 19th century, and today is visited by numerous tourists who tend to notice, among other things, the pillars of Roman origin used within the nave.

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From Mill Isle, Ireland tradiional monochrome photographic artist specialises in abstract realism and the interplay of light and shade. Space, Shape, Shade & Structure and story-telling

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  • roybarry
    roybarryabout 6 years ago

    I was just this very morning wondering when I would be getting to see more of the world through your lens David.

    So simple, yet such an easy shot to lose yourself in.

  • Have been busy doing other things Roy; but I had to post this special one today

    – ragman

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarabout 6 years ago

    Awesome rag! huggles

  • Many thanks Ushna, it’s a special place

    – ragman

  • Mary Ann Reilly
    Mary Ann Reillyabout 6 years ago

    feeling blessed, simply by viewing the image,. Powerful light, for sure.

  • thank you for that Mary Ann

    – ragman

    IRISHPIXabout 6 years ago

    You captured that on spectacular ..

  • thanks for that

    – ragman

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyabout 6 years ago

    lovely light show mq

  • thanks MQ

    – ragman

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersabout 6 years ago

    Love the composition David. Great title too!

  • Thank you Ursula

    – ragman

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...about 6 years ago

    Beautiful – I love the light just peeping through bringing peace!

    We have to go back to Paris as we missed this Church amongst others that I want to visit!! Thank you for the info also :)

  • thank you

    – ragman

  • Geraldine Lefoe
    Geraldine Lefoeabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture of something so simple but very effective

  • Thank you Geraldine

    – ragman

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful in its simplicity.

  • thank you for that, much appreciated

    – ragman

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliabout 6 years ago


  • thank you for that Luanda, much appreciated

    – ragman

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