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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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  • With many stories to tell Saint Sulpice is opposite a beautiful square and a charming city santinho.
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  • This is a very large church with a grand fountain out front. Inside you will find many renovations going on, which is good, and the renovations look really nicely done. This church has a huge organ wh...  more »
  • A wonderful Cathedral in the heart of St Germain des Prés, the second biggest in Paris, after Notre dame. The facade with its towers overlooking the square, which is also very beautiful. Beautiful organ inside the Sundial super shot! Admire the Golden canopy
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  • This is a beautiful church and I was able to attend Mass in the small chapel (the Assumption Chapel) and felt very welcome. It was peaceful and reverent and lovely and I highly recommend a visit. After Mass I went into the main church and was once again delighted and inspired by the beautiful artwork and architecture there.
  • One of the most amazing churches in Paris. I can easily spend most of my day here. Even though it is open to the public, there is no feeling of crowds....only peace and an invitation to contemplation. So many times I have found myself here sitting and reflecting. There is something very quiet and magical about this place.
  • 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.
  • Grand Church, with a neoclassical facade and many decorative elements. Try to appreciate all the history here, including the Prime Meridian gnomon, numerour statues and paintings, fantastic fountain and dome. But the prize of them all is the organ. Try to come for a service or a scheduled performance. It heightens the entire experience of seeing this wonderful church.
  • The organ playing of Daniel Roth is magnificent. What a great musician playing an incredible instrument. This was the highlight of my visit to Paris. Many thanks to the many volunteers and clergy who make this such a comfortable and welcoming place.