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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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  • Unfortunately the church is under construction right now and thee quarters of it is blocked off with tape and scaffolding. But you can tell it is beautiful, and has a magnificent organ. We will defini...  more »
  • One of Paris' oldest quarters features this lovely church. Some of it has been rebuilt, but it has integrity and is an important site.  more »
  • First built as an Abby in the 6th century by the Merovingian kings of Neustria the grounds were almost completely destroyed during the French Revolution. Very simplistic in architecture yet full of hi...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Old church amazing and Beautiful
  • it's good