HD photographs of Saint Gregoire statue on Eglise de la Madeleine in Paris - Page 985



Again we were in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris at the Eglise de la Madeleine, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue depicting Saint Gregoire, or Saint Gregory, which was sculpted by Etienne Hippolyte Maindron.

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Saint Gregoire statue, Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris
This first HD photo shows a statue depicting Sainte Gregoire, which in English translates to Saint Gregory, and made of stone, this was produced between 1838 and 1839 for the Madeleine church, having been commissioned by the French state as one of the thirty-four statues to adorn its facades.
Saint Gregoire statue by Etienne Hippolyte Maindron
Here you can see a close up photograph showing the top part of the statue, which was sculpted by Etienne Hippolyte Maindron who was born in 1801 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts under David d'Angers to become a French sculptor, first presenting works at the 1834 Salon.

Becoming well recognised Etienne Hippolyte Maindron received numerous commissions for statues and sculptures on tourist attractions such as The Louvre and churches including Saint Sulpice, winning several medals along the way, plus he was decorated with the Legion of Honour in 1874, ten years before he passed away.
St Gregoire de Valois inscription on statue base
Gregory was born around 540 in Rome into a wealthy family who had great connections with the church, and although you can see it states St. Gregoire de Valois on the pedestal base of the statue, he was actually known as Gregory the Great or Pope Saint Gregory, as he became pope of the Roman Catholic church in the September of 590, a position he held until he passed away.

Pope Gregory was well recognised as giving alms to the poor, and always ate with poor people, plus refused to eat during a famine until he monks had returned from working handing out food to the starving, and hence, when he passed away, Pope Gregory I was immediately proclaimed a saint, yet in 1969 the Vatican council decided to move his feast day from 12th march to 3rd September, so that it would not fall during Lent.
West facade Eglise de la Madeleine and Saint Gregoire statue
Yet here you can see the location of the Saint Gregory statue positioned on the portico of the western facade of the Eglise de la Madeleine, and when you are looking through the Corinthian style columns you will see that this statue is positioned tenth from the right hand side, as though you are walking round the church to the left from the front entrance.

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