Église de Saint Germain des Prés, Paris

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Église de Saint Germain des Prés 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 Église de Saint Germain des Prés on your trip to Paris, use our Paris itinerary builder.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful church that is very special to me. Visiting paris my husband and I wanted to visit this church as my grandmother had been baptized here before coming with her parents to Ellis Island. A very...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Old and beautiful both inside and out. Currently under restoration. Sundays there is mass in Spanish, but call time. It is in the Saint Germain so the ride is charming in the area, full of excellent cafés although expensive. You can find up to a store that sells public all ham sandwiches as well as excellent patisseries. The area is very busy Boulevard Saint Germain on Sunday.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Don't miss this gem of a church if you're in the Latin Quarter. It's right across from Deux Magots, and dates its beginnings to the 6th C. It was destroyed by Vikings but rebuilt around 1000 as the ci...  more »
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  • June 20, 2016
    This is the oldest church in Paris. It's central location and open door make for a convenient and quick look through, so it's worthwhile, but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it as there are other churches in Paris that are much more beautiful (Saint Chapelle, Saint Sèverin, Saint Eustache, etc.)
  • January 18, 2016
    This is the oldest Catholic Church in Paris. It is in need of repair, but is beautiful when the interior lights are light. They have many concerts there, some for free and some for which a ticket is required. We went to a concert that included a soprano, contralto, two violins, a cello, and keyboard. It was wonderful. Check out the website of the church for the dates of concerts.
  • April 26, 2016
    The Église de Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of the oldest church in Paris and the area of Saint-Germain derived its name from this abbey. Beneath the tower built in the 11th-century lies the remains of the Merovingian kings. No, not the French-speaking Merovingian program from the Matrix. It was the dynasty that ruled all of Gaul in the 5th and 6th century. Right in a small part next to the abbey, sitting quietly and out in the open public, is a statue crafted by Picasso.
  • April 21, 2017
    Old church amazing and Beautiful
  • August 15, 2017
    beautiful

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