Saint-Roch, Paris

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Saint-Roch, Paris
P1000338 Paris I Eglise Saint-Roch façade reductwk.JPG
Basic information
Location284 Rue Saint-Honoré, 1e
Geographic coordinates48°51′55″N 2°19′57″E / 48.86528°N 2.33250°E / 48.86528; 2.33250Coordinates: 48°51′55″N 2°19′57″E / 48.86528°N 2.33250°E / 48.86528; 2.33250
AffiliationCatholic Church
RiteRoman Rite
ProvinceArchdiocese of Paris
Heritage designation1862
Architectural description
Architectural typeParish church
Architectural styleBaroque
Groundbreaking1653 (1653)
Completed1722 (1722)
Direction of façadeSouth
Official name: Eglise Saint-Roch
Reference no.PA00085798[1]

The Church of Saint-Roch (French: Église Saint-Roch) is a late Baroque 126 meter-long church in Paris, dedicated to Saint Roch. Located at 284 rue Saint-Honoré, in the 1st arrondissement, it was built between 1653 and 1740.[2]

The church is organized as a series of chapels. One of them is dedicated to Saint Susanna in memory of the church which used to stand in its place. Accordingly, there is a mural painting above the altar, showing Saint Susanna fleeing her attackers, and looking up to the heavens for the help of God.

Located near the Métro stationPyramides.


In 1521, the tradesman Jean Dinocheau had a chapel built on the outskirts of Paris, which he dedicated to Saint Susanna. In 1577, his nephew Etienne Dinocheau had it extended into a larger church. In 1629, it became the parish church and thereafter underwent further work. The first stone of the church of Saint-Roch was laid by Louis XIV in 1653, accompanied by his mother Anne of Austria. Originally designed by Jacques Lemercier, the building's construction was halted in 1660 and was resumed in 1701 under the direction of architect Jacques Hardouin-Mansart, brother of the better-known Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Work was finally completed in 1754.

At the time of the French Revolution, the church of Saint-Roch was often at the centre of events and was the scene of many shootings which have left their mark on the façade. 13 Vendémiaire was one such occasion, this was pivotal in the rise of Napoleon. It was not only the outside of the church that was damaged. During the Revolution it was ransacked, and many works of art were stolen or destroyed.

Notable people[edit]

Notable tombs in the church include those of Denis Diderot, the Comte de Grasse, the Baron d'Holbach, Henri de Lorraine-Harcourt, Pierre Corneille, André le Nôtre, Marie Anne de Bourbon (daughter of Louis XIV) and Marie-Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin. Other notable burials included César de Vendôme (1664), René Duguay-Trouin (1736), Claude-Adrien Helvétius (1771), and Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1806). The Marquis de Sade, the Marquis de Lafayette and Marshal Vauban are among the people who married in this church.[3]

According to Tad Szulc, Chopin composed a Veni Creator prayer that he played on the organ during Mass at St. Roch, the 'Polish Church' [for the Poles living in exile in Paris].[4]


  1. ^ Mérimée database 1993
  2. ^ Blackmore, Ruth (2012). The Rough Guide to Paris. London: Rough Guides. p. 71. ISBN 1405386959.
  3. ^ Morgan, George (1919). The True LaFayette. Lippincott.
  4. ^ Szulz, Tad (1998) Chopin in Paris, p332

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