Paris churches share the collective memory and history of Paris. Here we find biographies of each neighborhood (arrondissement) of the city, collections of art, miraculous objects and tombs. Architectural designs, similarities and differences, and the stories told by the stained glass are two of the factors that draw me into a church every time I see one.
The list of Paris churches below is not comprehensive but it will continue to grow as I continue to explore Paris.
The Basilica of Sacre-Coeur, possibly one of the highest Paris churches, stands 200 feet above the River Seine and its Byzantine-Romanesque white facade makes it a beacon on the hill. Read more…
The Basilica of Saint-Denis was originally an Abbey church and later because a cathedral. The funeral sculpture of the kings’ sarcophagi is splendid. Here you will find not less than 42 kings, 32 queens and 63 prince and princesses buried. Read more….
Saint-Eustache, being located close to the Louvre and the Palais Royale, was known as the Parochial and Royal Paris church from the 17th century up until the Revolution. Read more…..
Notre Dame de Lorette is a neo-classical church in the style of a Roman temple, having four Corinthian columns in the portico and a triumphal arc in the nave. This project of architect Hippolyte Lebas also has murals painted directly on the walls. Read more….
Notre Dame de Paris is what springs to mind when someone mentions Paris churches. It was built between 1164 and 1375. This Gothic cathedral suffered from vandalism during the 1789 Revolution. Victor Hugo’s novel (1831) Notre Dame de Paris was instrumental in prompting plans for restoration. Read more…..
The Panthéon Paris is built on the site where King Clovis in 507 AD constructed a basilica which he planned would eventually hold his remains. In the 1750s an abbey church dedicated to Saint Genevieve was built but was not completed until 1789. Read more…
Sainte-Chapelle is modeled after Charlemagne’s Palatine Chapel at Aachen Germany and that church is modeled after The Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem. This Paris church is a crystal marvel of light is breath-taking! There are 1113 scenes (panels) depicted in the 15 floor to ceiling panels of stained glass. Nearly two-thirds of these panels are original, dating from 1248. Read more….
Saint-Etienne-du-Mont is located across the street from the Panthéon in the Latin Quarter. Originally part of the abbey of Sainte-Geneviève which was founded by Clovis in the 6th century, it has gained recent popularity from the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris. Read more…
Saint Gervais et Saint Protais Church in the Marais neighborhood of Paris is built on a site that has been a location of worship since the 4th century. St. Gervais (for short) is dedicated to twin martyrs who were murdered in Milan during Nero’s reign. Read more…..
Saint-Julian le Pauvre is one of two of the oldest churches in Paris. It is Paris’ only surviving 12th century church. In 1889 this originally Catholic church became home to a Melchite Greek denomination. Read more….
Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, one of the oldest Paris churches, is tucked behind Sacré Coeur high up on Montmartre. There are those that would argue the point of it being one of Paris’ oldest churches because at that time, the Montmartre area was not actually a part of Paris. Read more…..
The Church of Saint-Sulpice is second in size only to Paris’ Notre Dame. Located in the 6th arrondissement, just walking distance from Luxembourg Gardens, it has a beautiful fountain in front dedicated to four bishops. Read more….