Found project: Église Saint-Médard

    Project : Église Saint-Médard

    Language variant : Saint-Médard

    Architect : n/a

    Completion: 1784

    Locality : Paris

    Country : France

    Building style : Gothic

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    Description :

    The church has received a place in history thanks to the tomb of a Jansenist abbot Abbé Paris (d. 1727), which was located in the churchyard until the beginning of 1800. The sick, poor and disabled people were told to gone through a miracle recovery at his graveside, so numbers of people in need were roaming to the graveyard. These were soon joined by charlatans and other troublemakers, who behaved inappropriately in this holy place, so the king’s troops had to intervene in 1732 and they expelled these “tremblers” (convulsionnaires) from the church land, as these pilgrims were called. The graveyard had to be closed, and a poster appeared on the church door saying: “God’s miracles in this church are prohibited by the king’s command.”

    Pariisi ympäristöineen – Kulttuurimatkailijan opas, Otava 1990, pp. 66–67.

    Pariisi kutsuu – Oppaina 64 kuuluisuutta: elämyksiä, kohtaloita, erotiikkaa, Art House, 2003, p. 291.

    Ed. and transl. Katriina Puputti

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    Église Saint-Médard
    Église Saint-Médard
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