Saint-Augustin, Paris

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Church of Saint Augustine
Église Saint-Augustin (French)
Saint Augustin Church Paris.jpg
Église Saint-Augustin de Paris
Basic information
Location Paris, France
Geographic coordinates 48°52′34″N 2°19′8″E / 48.87611°N 2.31889°E / 48.87611; 2.31889Coordinates: 48°52′34″N 2°19′8″E / 48.87611°N 2.31889°E / 48.87611; 2.31889
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Architectural description
Architect(s) Victor Baltard
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Eclectic; Romano-Byzantine
Groundbreaking 1860
Completed 1871

The Église Saint-Augustin de Paris (Church of St. Augustine) is a church in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. During the Second French Empire, this area was undergoing considerable development. Baron Haussmann was responsible for much of the design of the layout of Paris's rectilinear avenues, which called for prestigious edifices" the Église Saint-Augustin provides a prominent end-point for the Boulevard Malesherbes, visible for some distance.[1]

Saint-Augustin was built between 1860 and 1871 by Victor Baltard (architect of Les Halles) in an eclectic style combining Tuscan Gothic and Romanesque elements. The structure is almost 100 metres (330 ft) in length, with a dome 80 metres (260 ft) in height, and was one of the first sizable buildings in Paris constructed around a metal frame. Saint-Augustin's facade features the four evangelists above arcades, and above them the twelve apostles and rosette window. Internally, the stained glass windows depict bishops and martyrs of the first centuries and the cast-iron columns are decorated with polychrome angels. A statue of Joan of Arc, by Paul Dubois, was erected in the church in 1896.

The interior view shows tall cast iron shafts supporting the iron-framed roof.

Great organs[edit]

The great organs within the building are celebrated in the world of organ building. The church's main organ was built by Charles Spackman Barker. One of the earliest organs to employ electricity, it features 54 stops with three 54-key manual keyboards and pedalboards.