- Type: Religious Sights
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- This wonderful church, built between 1646 and 1766 boasts an impressive Italian-style façade adorned with two turrets and columns on two levels. Its entrance is flanked by two huge shells gifted by the Venetian Republic in the 16th century to François I (sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle was responsible for their superb pedestals). The architect Visconti added its square and fountain in the 19th century. The interior, which measures 100 metres long, 50 metres wide and 30 metres high, is in the form of a Latin cross; in the chapel near the entrance are three famous paintings by Eugène Delacroix: La Lutte de Jacob avec l'ange (Jacob's fight with the angel), Héliodore chassé du temple (Heliodorus driven from the temple) et Saint Michel terrassant le démon (St Michael slaying the demon).
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