City of Paris
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Destroyed, formerly located in the current 1st Arrondissement of Paris.
The church was founded in 1187 by Robert I de Dreux, brother Louis VII, on the northern shore of the Seine, directly located beside a royal palace. The church was dedicated to St Thomas Becket, who had been canonized in 1173. Because the area was heavily wooded it was commonly called "Lupara" (wolf hole) from which the church got his name "Saint-Thomas-du-Louvre". Later Robert also build a hospital beside the church, which was dedicated to St Nicolas of Myra and a medical college dedicated to St Thomas.
In the following centuries the church was surrounded by the growing palace complex of the Louvre and was in the mid 18th century located at the eastern end of the Richelieu-wing. In 1744 it was dedicated to St Louis of France. After the revolution the council of Paris leased the building to the Huguenots that celebrated here the first Lutheran mass in Paris. In 1806 Napoleon had the church pulled down because it hindered his plans for a connecting building between the Tuileries and the Louvre.