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It is indeed a transition period between the flamboyant gothic style and the Renaissance style inspired by Greek-Roman antiques. Inside the building, one can observe the progression in style:

Indoor architecture The choir screen A noticeable item in the church, this choir screen built in the first years of the sixteenth century is the only one still visible in Paris. In order to make the liturgy visible to the whole congregation, most choir screens were dismantled in the eighteenth century.

This choir screen combines a gothic structure and a fully-fledged Renaissance decoration. The railing is a twining of stone lace, carved in a limestone from Saint-Leu.

Two openwork staircases coil themselves around the pillars, leading both to the choir screen and the gallery, the purpose of which, if not for decoration, is unclear. Although we have kept records of almost all the craftsmen who took part in the building, oddly we do not know who designed this masterpiece.

The beautiful Christ on the cross which hangs on top of the choir screen, carved by Ulrich von Grienewald, is a remnant of the chapel of the nearby Ecole Polytechnique, dismantled in The choir screen and the keystone are a beautiful setting for the contemporary altar designed by the French company Cheret.

Furniture Before the French Revolution in , the church owned a rich collection of paintings and tapestries which was thoroughly scattered. As such, all existing artworks result in reconstitutions. The organ The organ The organ case was assembled and carved in by Jehan Buron, master-joiner.

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It is the oldest one in Paris, still in its original state. Only some of the 7, pipes, ranging from 3 mm to 5. Arranged in 90 stops, it is ranked as the fifth organ in Paris. Among organ makers who worked in Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, we can mention: Born in , he had tenure from age 28 until his death in The pulpit The baroque pulpit The pulpit, carved in , replaced the choir screen as the preaching point.

It is a fine example of baroque art with its emphatic features. Sculptures are by Lestocard who based himself on drawings by La Hire. The barrel is upheld by a mighty figure of Samson ; seven feminine figures around the barrel, inspired from classical models, symbolize cardinal and theological virtues. Saint Genevieve chapel As the relics of the saint were burnt during the French Revolution by the town officials, and the shrine was melted down, the church houses since the beginning of the nineteenth century relics of the saint that had been stored in other churches since the ninth century.

The existing great shrine contains the remaining stones of the initial sarcophagus where her body had been laid. Built in , the chapel is a good example of neo-gothic style. The stained-glasses tell the story of the saint whose memory is still revived: Samson — Detail from the pulpit:

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