Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris

Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres is all that remains of a sixth-century abbey of the same name, destroyed during the French Revolution. With royal patronage, it soon became one of the wealthiest abbeys in France, as well as a center for scholars. King Childebert I commissioned the abbey and church to house. The abbey got its named from Childebert's close advisor and the Bishop of Paris, Germain--who was later canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Among its claims to fame are the facts that Louis-César de Bourbon, son of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan, was an abbot here and that philosopher René Descartes was buried here. To visit Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres and other attractions in Paris, use our Paris travel planner.
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  • A great walk on the Blvd Saint Germain until a quiet square. Gothic style, but at humane proportion. Wonderful architecture.  more »
  • First visit Nov 2019. To be clear, in any other city this would not only be worthy of 5 stars it might be the absolute star of the show. On this visit there were renovations underway that will...  more »
  • The church was found in the 6th Century as an abbey, but it was rebuilt by the end of the 10th Century. By the end of the 18th century the abbey abolition affected the church, it became a factory...  more »
  • For a long time I had not come ... After renovations this abbey has become a magnificent feast of eyes... In any marriage of blue with golden yellow.... And don't forget: visit there to take architectural photos
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