HD photographs of Saint Denis statue on Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris - Page 969



We were at the Eglise de la Madeleine in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue of Saint Denis, which was sculpted by Jean Debay.

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Saint Denis statue, Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
This first HD photo shows a statue of Saint Denis that is located within a niche on the facade of the Madeleine Church in Paris, which was produced in stone between the years 1837 and 1841 under the orders of the architect Jacques-Marie Huve, with the commissions going to different sculptors who were paid by the French State to produce the statues, which was Jean Debay for this one.
Pedestal inscription on Saint Denis statue
Now here you can see a close up of the name plaque on the pedestal below the statue depicting Saint Denis, and born in Italy in the 3rd century AD, Denis is classed as a Christian martyr and a Saint, who went to France and became the Bishop of Paris, which at that time was known as Lutetia or Parisii.

Saint Denis is venerated within the Roman Catholic Church as a patron of Paris, as is Genevieve, and according to ancient stories, when he was martyred by being beheaded with a sword, he held his head and walked several kilometres still preaching, and the Saint Denis Basilica on the outskirts of Paris is said to be where he died.
Saint Denis statue by Jean Baptiste Joseph Debay
You will find that the Saint Denis statue holding a cross up high was produced by Jean Baptiste Joseph Debay, but we are not sure if this is the father or son who produced this, as they both had the same name and were also both active as sculptors at the time that this was sculpted between 1837 and 1841.
West facade Eglise de la Madeleine and Saint Denis statue with cross
However, in this image you can see the location of the Saint Denis statue, which is located on the western facade of the Eglise de la Madeleine within a niche on the portico that can be seen through the Corinthian style columns.

And this is the second statue from the right hand side as you are looking at the facade of the church as though you had initially been at the front entrance and walked around to the left hand side of this remarkable tourist attraction, which, by the way, held the funeral of Frederic Chopin.

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