Thursday doors #5

Ecclesiastical buildings generally have magnificent entrances, doors and archways. This one is on the north face of Eglise Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis, a church on rue Saint-Antoine in the Marais, Paris. The present building was constructed from 1627 to 1641 by the Jesuit architects Martellange and Derand, on the orders of Louis XIII. It gives its name to Place Saint-Paul and its nearest Metro station, Saint-Paul. My beloved and I have whiled away many an hour in the Marais (3rd and 4th arondissements), particularly on trips to Paris in recent years.

PS I chose a red door for today, in lieu of roses, because it’s Saint Valentine’s Day! I should add that we don’t celebrate the day at all, it’s become far too commercial. Instead, I’ll be preparing a delicious late-night snack for my beloved who’s flying back from London this evening.