Nîmes notes

a picture diary from a Roman town in the south of France


Saint-Paul church of Nîmes

stpaulI just noticed I haven’t showed many pictures of the Nîmes’ numerous churches. Here’s one on the Boulevard Victor Hugo, the Saint Paul church (Église Saint-Paul de Nîmes). It was built between 1835 and 1849 in Neo-Romanesque style, and classified as a historical monument in 1909.

It was at Saint-Paul where Yves Mourousi, a famous French tv presenter with ancestry of Russian nobility, was married during the feria in 1985 very lavishly. Nearly two million people attended the wedding, and it was much noted in the media (told us the Wikipedia).


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La Chapelle Sainte-Éugenie

I’ve never seen the Chapelle Sainte-Éugenie open, but there’s something that fascinates me in its dark, neo-Romanesque façade. The chapel is located in a narrow street bearing the same name, a little hidden, sandwiched between two buildings.

The Sainte-Éugenie chapel has been mentioned as early as 956, after which it has been renewed in the 17th century and again in the 19th century. Apart from being a church, it has also served as a gunpowder store during the Religious Wars, and a billiard factory from 1792 to 1876. It became a church again in 1877.