L'Oratoire du Louvre

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l'Oratoire du Louvre
Temple Protestant de l'Oratoire du Louvre
The facade of the church
The front of the church from rue Saint Honoré
The location of l'Oratoire in the 1st arrondissement of Paris
The location of l'Oratoire in the 1st arrondissement of Paris
l'Oratoire du Louvre
The location of l'Oratoire within Paris
48°51′42.7″N 2°20′25.1″E / 48.861861°N 2.340306°E / 48.861861; 2.340306Coordinates: 48°51′42.7″N 2°20′25.1″E / 48.861861°N 2.340306°E / 48.861861; 2.340306
Location Paris
Country France
Denomination United Protestant Church of France
Previous denomination Reformed Church of France
Churchmanship Liberal[1]
Website oratoiredulouvre.fr
Former name(s) La congrégation de l’Oratoire de Jésus
Authorising papal bull 1613
Status Parish church
Founded November, 1611
Founder(s) Pierre de Bérulle
Consecrated July 12, 1750
Events Made royal chapel of the Louvre Palace by Louis XIII (1623), Suppressed during the French Revolution (1792), Protestant Church (1811)
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Logo monument historique - rouge ombré, encadré.svg Monument Historique PA00085789[2]
Designated 1907
Architect(s) Jacques Lemercier, Clément Métezeau, Pierre Caqué
Architectural type Christian Church
Style Baroque
Years built 1621-1625, 1740-1745
Groundbreaking September 22, 1621
Completed 1745
Synod Synode régional d'Île-de-France
Pastor(s) Marc Pernot, Richard Cadoux

The Temple Protestant de l'Oratoire du Louvre, also Eglise Réformée de l'Oratoire du Louvre, is a historic Protestant church located at 145 rue Saint-Honoré - 160 rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, across the street from the Louvre. It was founded in 1611 by Pierre de Bérulle as the French branch of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri. It was made the royal chapel of the Louvre Palace by Louis XIII on December 23, 1623 and was host to the funerals of both Louis and Cardinal Richelieu. Work on the church was suspended in 1625 and not resumed until 1740, with the church completed in 1745.

It was suppressed in 1792 during the French Revolution, looted, stripped of its decor, and used to store theater sets. In 1811 it was given by Napoleon to the Protestant congregation of Saint-Louis-du-Louvre when that building was demolished to make way for the expansion of the Louvre. A statue and monument of Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, the great Huguenot leader of the 16th century, was built on the rue de Rivoli end of the church in 1889. It continues as one of the most prominent Reformed congregations in Paris, noted for its liberal theology.[3] The closest métro station is Louvre – Rivoli Metro-M.svg Paris m 1 jms.svg

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  1. ^ "Bienvenue". L'Église Protestante Réformée de l'Oratoire du Louvre à Paris. 
  2. ^ "Temple de l'Oratoire du Louvre (ancienne chapelle du couvent de l'Oratoire)". Monuments Historique. Ministère de la Culture. 
  3. ^ "L'histoire de l'Oratoire". l'Oratoire du Louvre. 


Braunstein, Philippe (2011). L'Oratoire du Louvre et les protestants parisiens. Paris: Labor et Fides. ISBN 978-2830914320. 

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