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Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris

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Known for its iconic facade with mismatched towers, Église Saint-Sulpice offers an unusual architectural history. It features a Romanesque foundation, a Baroque interior, and the Gnomon of St.-Sulpice--an astronomical measurement device used to determine the position of the sun in the sky. The church has a long-standing tradition of inviting talented organists to play its Great Organ, featuring an incredibly rich palette of sounds dating back to the 18th century. Inside to either side of the entrance, you'll find the two halves of an enormous shell given to King Francis I by the Venetian Republic. They serve as holy water fonts that rest on rock-like bases sculpted by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle. He also sculpted the large, white marble statue of Mary in the Lady Chapel. Put Église Saint-Sulpice at the forefront of your travel plans using our Paris trip generator.
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  • Striking Church for those who enjoy history and the film of Dan Brown. Nice outdoor space and very well taken care of. Required included in travel plans
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  • in the morning the priest spent sessions with students, the atmosphere of the modern cultural historic monument assignment
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  • The Eglise de Saint-Supice, which is one of the locations of the book "the Da Vinci Code, is a place to be visited for its grandeur and the beauty of their decoration
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  • Truly this is one of the great churches of Paris, bringing together a lively liturgical and musical community. Upon entering, a visitor can gaze at its vastness, explore the substantial array of fine art and sculptures, take part in its Catholic life, enjoy music played on one of the world's greatest pipe organs, and more. Admission is free of charge, and a respectful visitor encounters no interference during appreciation of the building and its contents. Information in many languages is freely given. During services, even during Mass, some visitors have been observed taking photographs in the nave, which members of the congregation find disrespectful (after all, this is primarily a church); but at other times there are treasures whose images will bring back memories of this place. The Sunday mass at 11am is preceded at around 10:45am by a prelude played on the enormous Cavaillé-Coll organ and then, after about mid-day, there is nearly always an organ concert — a half-hour recital, for all visitors to enjoy free of charge. The services are in French but are easy for English-speakers to follow if they are familiar with the liturgy of the Catholic church. Anglicans will be surprised at the similarities between the French services and the Church of England communion rites as found in Common Worship.
  • Saint-Sulpice is only slightly smaller than Notre-Dame, making this the 2nd largest church in Paris. My guide told me that the administration of the cathedral totally disliked the number of visitors they get each year asking where the “Rose Line” was, that they display this notice: Contrary to fanciful allegations in a recent best-selling novel, this [the line in the floor] is not a vestige of a pagan temple. No such temple ever existed in this place. It was never called a «Rose-Line». It does not coincide with the meridian traced through the middle of the Paris Observatory which serves as a reference for maps where longitudes are measured in degrees East or West of Paris. (...) Please also note that the letters «P» and «S» in the small round windows at both ends of the transept refer to Peter and Sulpice, the patron saints of the church, and not an imaginary «Priory of Sion». Funny thing is, my guide told me that the traffic to the church spiked due to the interest from the Da Vinci Code fans. Setting the record straight, it is a true that the church has nothing to do with the Paris Meridien or the “Rose Line”, and the meridian line in the church and the gnomon, a scientific instrument measures the time of the winter solstice and Easter. Saint-Sulpice holds regular organ recitals so you can enjoy the beautiful organ within this cathedral.
  • This is a wonderful church and while welcoming tourists it feels more like a church than Notre-Dame. The building itself is amazing and it is beautiful to slowly walk around and appreciate. I would highly recommend this church to everyone
  • I rented an Airbnb apartment in Paris a few years ago after reading Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. I had to visit this place because I was so curious about it. Since the church was near my rental apartment, I popped inside to take a peek. I must say I was impressed with the church and the numerous works of art that were kept in there. Among items, you will find includes murals by Delacroix, Holy water fonts sculpted by Jean-Baptise Pigalle and paintings by Signol. They had the replica of the Shroud of Turin on display. A linen cloth that was wrapped around Christ at the time of his burial. It was so fascinating and mystical. It's probably one of my favorite churches in Paris.
  • A bit out the way Saint Sulpice is a massive church with a great history, we did not know of this place prior to visiting Paris but it is a good place to visit. Thanks to modern technology we sat outside and read about the history of Saint Sulpice, it is (as someone previously mentioned) in need of a big clean.
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