Sacred Paris: A Guide to the Churches, Synagogues, and the Grand Mosque in the City of Light (Paperback)
From the author of Hidden Gardens of Paris and The Streets of Paris comes a beautifully illustrated guide to the history of Paris through its renowned and beloved places of worship.
When visiting the City of Light, the spirit of Paris can be felt everywhere. It holds a sacred history that goes beyond words, beyond religion, and its legendary places of worship are truly its crown jewels.
Susan Cahill's Sacred Paris is a guide for seasoned Parisian visitors, novices, and armchair travelers to the historic religious sites of the city, from the well-known landmarks to the sacred spots off the beaten track, from the magnificent towers of Notre-Dame and the sweeping arches of the Grand Mosque to the serenity of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre. This spiritual tour is interwoven with the artistic and cultural history of Paris, from the medieval Crusades through the Resistance of World War II. Stand in the basilica of Saint-Denis, where Joan of Arc prayed with her soldiers in the Hundred Years' War, and gaze at the murals of Saint-Sulpice painted by Eugene Delacroix, or visit the village of Auvers where Vincent van Gogh painted the lovely Gothic church of Notre Dame d’Auvers-sur-Oise.
Organized by the major geographical sections of the city—Ile de la Cite; the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank; Montparnasse; Northern Paris on the Right Bank; the Marais—each chapter is accompanied by Marion Ranoux’s beautiful four-color photographs. Also included are lists of “Nearbys”: gardens, bistros, librairies, museums, and other points of interest to round out your visit.
MARION RANOUX, a native Parisian, is an experienced freelance photographer and translator into French of Czech literature. Her photographs are featured in Susan Cahill's Hidden Gardens of Paris.
“This useful guidebook seamlessly weaves together art, literature, music, and history, and it makes a great armchair read for those who can’t tread Paris’ boulevards.” –Booklist
Praise for The Streets of Paris:
"This elegantly written book is absolutely essential reading for all travelers bound for Paris." —Alexander Lobrano, author of Hungry for Paris and Hungry for France
"Armchair travelers will delight in the histories and may find further inspiration in the bibliography." —Library Journal
“Witty, colorful and always enlightening, The Streets of Paris is essential, whether you're visiting for the first or fiftieth time.” —Donald Spoto, bestselling author of The Redgraves: A Family Epic
Praise for Hidden Gardens of Paris:
“Paris may be universally known as the City of Light, but based on this exquisite book it could just as easily be called the City of Parks.” —Chicago Tribune
“No matter how many times you have been to Paris, never go again without Susan Cahill.” —Bill Moyers
"Whether you go often to Paris or are making your first visit, this is the guide you need. Susan Cahill will accompany you through the parks of this beloved city--from famous public spaces to secret gardens: a walk through the history and lore of Paris and Parisians, all in the open air." —Shirley Abbott, author of The Bookmaker's Daughter, Love's Apprentice, and The Future of Love
“This lively and informative guide gives one the confidence and an overwhelming desire to venture into the Jardin Catherine Labouré and the Jardin du Musée Rodin on the next visit to Paris.” — Elizabeth Cullinan, author of House of Gold
“This handy, informative little book helped me visit old neighborhood park and garden friends and meet new ones. And what’s not to like about the gardens of Paris and the stories behind them?” —Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat