Oratoire du Louvre

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Oratoire du Louvre
Temple protestant de l'Oratoire du Louvre
The facade of the church
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
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
DenominationUnited Protestant Church of France
Previous denominationReformed Church of France
Former name(s)La congrégation de l'Oratoire de Jésus
Authorising papal bull1613
StatusParish church
FoundedNovember 1611
Founder(s)Pierre de Bérulle
ConsecratedJuly 12, 1750
EventsMade royal chapel of the Louvre Palace by Louis XIII (1623); suppressed during the French Revolution (1792); Protestant church (1811)
Associated peopleLouis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu, Anne of Austria, Paul-Henri Marron
Functional statusActive
Heritage designationLogo monument historique - rouge ombré, encadré.svg Monument Historique PA00085789[2]
Architect(s)Jacques Lemercier, Clément Métezeau, Pierre Caqué
Architectural typeChristian Church
Years built1621–1625, 1740–1745
GroundbreakingSeptember 22, 1621
SynodSynode régional d'Île-de-France
Pastor(s)Agnès Adeline-Schaeffer
Béatrice Cléro-Mazire

The Temple protestant de l'Oratoire du Louvre, also Église 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.[3] 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.[4] The closest métro station is Louvre – Rivoli. Metro-M.svg Paris transit icons - Métro 1.svg

Prominent pastors[edit]

Pastors of the Oratoire du Louvre



  1. ^ "Bienvenue". L'Église Protestante Réformée de l'Oratoire du Louvre à Paris. Archived from the original on 2017-03-07. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  2. ^ Base Mérimée: Temple de l'Oratoire du Louvre (ancienne chapelle du couvent de l'Oratoire), Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
  3. ^ "The Temple de l'Oratoire". Musée protestant. Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  4. ^ "L'histoire de l'Oratoire". l'Oratoire du Louvre. Archived from the original on 2016-03-20. Retrieved 2015-04-14.


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

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