On the Boulevard Saint-Germain stand Saint-Germain-des-Prés
church and the Abbatial Palace. They were spared when, during the Revolution,
the huge benedictine Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Prés was destroyed.
It was originally built by Childebert to enshrine the relics of Saint-Vincent.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the oldest church in Paris, and its
norman steeple the oldest in France (1014). See the Flandrin fresco,
the cornices in the choir, Vierge de Notre-Dame-de-Consolation (1340),
statue of Saint-Margaret (1705), funerary stones laid in memory of Descartes,
Boileau, Mabillon, and Mont faucon (all monks at the abbey), the statue
of Saint-Francois-Xavier, and the vault of Jean Casimir, King of Poland,
who died a priest at Saint-Germain-des-Prés .
In the shade of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Towers, the exponents
of the Existentialist philosophy used to congregate in cafés
and « celars ». There are some picturesque old streets in
the vicinity: Rue and Place Furstenberg, Rue Cardinale, Rue del'Abbaye,
Rue de l'Echaudé (Delacroix used to live place Furstenberg).