Saint Sulpice

4 Oct

I have class in the center of Paris, over in the 6th arrondisment. This means I get to go into Paris at least three times a week. It’s actually in a really cool neighborhood, even if it’s a 45 minute commute. My language class is from 11am – 1pm, which means I have almost three hours before I need to get back on a train to Sevres.

In other words, I’ve been taking advantage of the lovely weather to wander around. On Monday, I walked right into a giant cathedral. I was pretty sure it wasn’t Notre Dame, since we weren’t right on the river and there weren’t huge hordes of tourists. I had wandered into Saint Sulpice.

I didn’t manage to get a decent photo of the outside (see Wikipedia if you’re interested), but there was a statue along the west wall that I really loved.

Frankly, I have no idea who the man in question is, mostly because all the placards were in French or Latin. (Latin! I mean, come on. I don’t know dates in Latin.)

I was also really impressed with how big everything was and how it’s mostly ignored by tourists. Apparently, it’s only just smaller than Notre Dame. Saint Sulpice’s other claim to fame is a starring role in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, although I’ve been told most of what he wrote is hilariously not true. (“Dan Browned” is a thing for a reason, you know.)

I can foresee me spending a lot more time over there, if only because it’s near my school and not nearly as crowded as Notre Dame.



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