Notre Dame may be world-famous, and we’d certainly recommend a guided tour. But what about the hundreds of other beautiful churches in Paris? Religious or not, you won’t want to miss their stunning architectural features and soaring celestial heights. Here’s our guide to a handful of historic churches you might not have visited before.
Historic Churches in Paris
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1. Église de la Sainte Trinité
Built during Haussmann’s redesign and beautification of Paris, the majestic Église de la Sainte Trinité was designed by architect Théodore Ballu. The church’s elaborate, ornamental façade is topped by a high dome which towers above Place d'Estienne-d'Orves, with sculpted figures of faith, hope and charity looking out over the square below. Église de la Sainte Trinité, Place d'Estienne d'Orves, 75009 Paris.
2. Église de la Madeleine
You’d be forgiven for thinking the Église de la Madeleine is a Greek temple rather than one of the most-visited churches in Paris. Marked by its Corinthian columns and colossal bronze doors at the entrance way, it was built between 1764 and 1842 by Napoleon as a neo-classical pantheon to honor his armies. These days the church is more famed for its organ, designed by distinguished French organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll – as well as for the superlative classical music concerts which it hosts throughout the year. Église de la Madeleine, Place de la Madeleine, 75008 Paris.
3. Église Saint-Augustin
Visible from the grandiose steps of Madeleine, the Église Saint-Augustin is another product of the Haussmannian redesign of Paris. The formidable design by Victor Baltard combines Romanesque and Byzantine art with soaring heights up to 100 meters, plus a landmark 80-meter high cupola which can be seen for miles around. Église Saint-Augustin, 1 Avenue César Caire, 75008 Paris.
4. Église Saint-Eustache
Size matters at the impressive Église Saint-Eustache, which boosts the biggest pipe organ of all of the churches in Paris, as well as in France. The church itself was built in 1532 and restored in 1840 and feels more a cathedral with its famously substantial dimensions. It also offers an interesting mix of architectural styles, from the gothic façade to its Renaissance and classical interior. Église Saint-Eustache, 2 Impasse Saint-Eustache, 75001 Paris.
5. Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés
The Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a beloved landmark at the heart of one of Paris’s most beautiful arrondissements. The building itself has great historical significance as the oldest of all the churches in Paris, which Haussmann irreverently sliced through to make way for his busy thoroughfare, Boulevard Saint-Germain.
Thankfully, the majority of the church remains and is currently undergoing an ambitious restoration project to see the interior of this stunning Benedictine abbey restored to its former glory. Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 3 Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris.
6. Église Saint-Sulpice
Just around the corner from the Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the imposing Église Saint-Sulpice, with its unorthodox façade of the double colonnade and mismatched towers. Nowadays famed for its appearance in The Da Vinci Code, Saint-Sulpice contains a number of unusual artistic and architectural features – including three famous paintings by Eugène Delacroix which have been recently restored. Église Saint-Sulpice, Place Saint-Sulpice, 75006 Paris.
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