GITTARD, Daniel
(b. 1625, Blandy-en-Brie, d. 1686, Paris)

Interior view

begun 1646
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Saint-Sulpice, Paris

The parish church of Saint-Sulpice was a basilica in the medieval tradition with side aisles, transept and ambulatory, housed in a classical structure. It was built by Daniel Gittard from plans by Charles Gamard from 1646 on. Gittard completed the sanctuary, ambulatory, apsidal chapels, transept, and north portal (1670-78), after which construction was halted for lack of funds.

The west façade was constructed in the eighteenth century after a competition held in 1732. The design was inspired by the entrance elevation of Christopher Wren's Saint Paul's Cathedral in London.

View the ground plan of Saint-Sulpice.