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Eglise Protestante Unie de l'Etoile - Paris, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 48° 52.609 E 002° 17.215
31U E 447715 N 5414007
Quick Description: [FR] En 1874 fut construite ce qu'on a appelé alors l'Eglise de l'Etoile dans le style que l'on appréciait à l'époque: le néogothique. [EN] What was then called the Church of l'Etoile was constructed in 1874 in the neogothic style.
Location: Île-de-France, France
Date Posted: 2/14/2015 1:51:14 PM
Waymark Code: WMNCK9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
Views: 4

Long Description:
[FR] Sous l'inspiration d'un homme: le pasteur Eugène Bersier, un projet naquit d'implanter une présence protestante dans le quartier au delà de l'Etoile.

En plus d'être un bâtisseur, Eugène Bersier était très attaché à la liturgie, influencé par sa mère anglicane, il voulait redonner un peu de ce faste anglican à la liturgie et aux lieux de culte réformés.

C'est ainsi qu'il fit construire un temple dans un style qui n'est pas très protestant, mais qui ressemble fort à une église anglicane high church.

Le temple de l'Etoile ressemble donc à une église catholique, sauf qu'une chaire monumentale se trouve dans le choeur, et qu'aucune statue ou décoration ne s'y trouve, mis à part des versets bibliques et des vitraux non figuratifs.

Un orgue fut aussi installé dans le temple, fait par le très grand facteur Cavaillé-Coll, il s'y trouve encore aujourd'hui, avec ses 32 jeux, et il a eu la chance d'échapper aux restaurations désastreuses entreprises sur les orgues parisiennes dans les années 50 ou 60, et est ainsi resté pratiquement dans son état d'origine, ce qui est rarissime.

Cinquante ans plus tard, en 1924 furent construits les deux immeubles à gauche et à droite du temple pour permettre d'y loger toutes les activités de la paroisse.

[EN] Through the inspiration of one man, pastor Eugène Bersier, a project was born to implant a protestant presence in the quarter beyond the Etoile.

In addition to being a builder, Eugène Bersier was very attached to the liturgy, influenced by his Anglican mother. He wanted to bring back a bit of Anglican splendor to the liturgy and to the Reformed places of worship.

That is why he had a church built in a style which was not very protestant, but strongly resembled an Anglican High Church.

The Etoile church therefore resembles a Catholic church, except that
a monumental pulpit is located in the choir, and no statue or decoration is to be seen apart from biblical verses and non figurative stained glass.

An organ was also installed in the church, crafted by the great organ builder Cavaillé-Coll. It is still found there today, with its 32 pipes, and it was lucky enough to have escaped the disastrous restorations to which Parisian organs were subjected during the 50's and 60's and it remains practically in its original state, which is very rare.

50 years later, in 1924, the two buildings to the left and right of the church were constructed to house all the parish activities.
Reformed or Congregational Denomination: Eglise Protestante Unie

Associated Website: [Web Link]

Status: Active House of Worship

Address:
56, avenue de la Grande Armée
Paris, France
75017


Date of Construction or Event Occurrence: 1/1/1874

Architect: Not listed

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