History and Fun Facts about Saint-Ephrem Church
Amidst its world-famous monuments and locations, any local will let you know that there is more to Paris than meets the eye. Should you stumble across one of its many little-known gems, it might feel tempting to keep it to yourself. However, it is precisely this characteristically Parisian “je-ne-sais-quoi” of mystery, of beauty, and of elusivity that is so universally appealing – a kind of tranquil allure that you want to share. The church of Saint-Ephrem, nestled in Paris’ bustling 5th arrondissement within the Sorbonne district, is just one of these charming yet little-known locations.
The Saint-Ephrem church stands on the site of the Collège des Lombards, the third chapel to be built on these grounds. This college was founded in 1334 for Italian students, and would later become the Collège des Irlandais, responsible for training missionaries for the conversion of England in 1677.
In 1925, the Paris City Council bought the church of Saint-Ephrem, giving it the status of a Syriac Catholic Mission. Its arresting facade is adorned with a Baroque-style portal, reminiscent of that of the church of Saint Andrew of the Quirinal in Rome – a stunning invitation to enter and rest after a long walk exploring Paris, and to listen to a beautiful piano recital whilst ensconced in the gentle glow of candlelight.
Fast facts Capacity: 100 Handicap Accessible: No Air conditioning: No Heating: Yes
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