Notre Dame de Lorette

There has been much said about the gaudy interior of Notre Dame de Lorette, a church in the 9th arrondissement, but I find it elegant, with its 19th Century art and a Cavaille-Col grand organ. The painter Eugene Delacroix lived nearby and was christened here in 1840.

The other stories of this large church refer to the “kept women” of the surrounding neighborhood. Many wealthy men of this period had mistresses as well as wives, many of whom attended the same Sunday services.

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