on January 19, 2007
A good tip for this is do not go on Sunday mornings! Because of services we were not able to go inside but the outside was still rather impressive to see. The height in conjunction with the small width is odd to see, it looks rather disproportionate more so when you look around the side of the building and see how long the building is. There were large crowds of people gathered at the entrance, most were observing the service going on rather than just looking inside, and there were quite a few people outside as well. There are several statues in the courtyard in front of the building of knights on horses. The courtyard also has cement benches built into the small wall surrounding the courtyard so you can sit and take it all in or just relax. There are numerous bistros on the surrounding streets and it is a short impressive walk to the Seine River as well. One fun thing I enjoyed was the Metro stop here that still had the old early 1900s era Metro sign to mark the entrance, the only one like it I noticed in Paris.
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