Walking tour “Around St.Sulpice, GU Club of France, July 9

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A walking tour “Around St.Sulpice: commerce, coffee-shops, aristos and cut-throats

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Dr. Kelly Spearman, a well-known art lecturer in the English-speaking community of Paris, is a doctor of the History of Art with a PhD from the Sorbonne University. In addition to her Art Consultancy (XVIIIth and XIXth century furniture expert) she teaches Art History for various American colleges and university programs (Columbia, Skidmore, Bennington, CUA, ISS, Northeastern University, FIT, Syracuse University, Iona College, Drury University, Boston College, etc.) and at the Sorbonne. She is also a well published journalist and art critic.

This tour meanders through a most lively and charming streets and some of the most elegant pads just off the Luxembourg Gardens.

The village that swiftly grew up around the abbey of St.Germain was a fascinating place. The site of one of the most famous medieval international fairs, and soon to become a permanent market, its narrow, twisting streets were packed with inns and taverns, brothels, gambling rooms and shops for all purses and tastes.

But this rough and booming neighbourhood was also right next door to some of Europe’s most famous centres of erudition (the famous abbey itself, as well as the Couvent de Carmes), and only a stone's throw from the Latin Quarter, so it was soon colonised by the workshops of talented artists, both French and foreign.

With the village fast becoming yet another neighbourhood of the growing city of Paris, newcomers were welcome to join its fascinating cast of characters: philosophers, journalists, politicians, lawyers (Marat, Danton and Demoulins all lived here!) now rubbed shoulders with the Enlightenment aristocrats of the wealthier faubourg with which it shared its name.

The ever-growing population of this tempestuous market district - when not negotiating, debating, quarrelling or literally cutting each other's throats - needed a place of worship, one that was spacious and grand enough to accommodate their aspirations as well as their faith.

Those aspirations gave us St.Sulpice, one of the most splendid churches of the 18th century, with a beauty that is not even tarnished by the reputation of the nearby Club des Cordeliers, invigilators of the Terror and guardians of the dreaded guillotine, at whose headquarters our visit will come to end.

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