Learn about American efforts to preserve an ancient Parisian church Thursday, August 15, on TRAVEL ITCH RADIO. Listen live at 8p EDT on iTunes or BlogTalkRadio.com as Dan Schlossberg and Annita Stokes Thomas interview Brian W. Smith about preservingThe Church of Saint Germain des Prés. The building and its artwork reflect centuries of French history and culture. As the oldest church in Paris, it has influenced and shaped people, places and ideas throughout history, including the famous philosopher Descartes plus Sorbonne students and teachers.Its architecture is a compilation of styles, from Romanesque arches and capitals to Gothic elements in the nave and choir.
But the site must contend with the ravages of time and the overall condition of the church has deteriorated steadily throughout the centuries. Determined to halt this deterioration, the American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés are generating funds to restore and preserve this unique historical monument. Listen live or check out the archived show on Facebook.