Friday, December 3, 2010

Admiral Coligny and the Oratory at the Louvre

The St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre and the assassination of Admiral Coligny in Paris confirmed in English minds that Catholicism and treacherous terrorism were synonymous. The Oratoire du Louvre was a Catholic church, established by the Oratorians in 1621, given to Parisian Reformed Protestants by Napoleon in 1811. This statue of the Admiral was dedicated in 1889, almost 317 years after those horrible events.

The church has always been closed when I've been in the area and the day I took this picture was one of the few sunny days we had in Paris this November.

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