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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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  • The Church is majestic with its two towers and austere inside and sometimes dreary. Made even more famous by the Da Vinci Code, is home to the Prime meridian passing through Paris worthily reported
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  • A very well-worked architecture. An interior great shape with plenty of small chapels :) Interesting to discover
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  • With frescoes painted by Delacroix in 1856 went to see "fight of Jacob with the Angel". Left bank of the Seine, in the Catholic Church of Saint Germain des Prés, filled with paintings of Delacroix and attractions, such as big pipe organ! This is the place became a topic of conversation as the stage of the best-seller "the da Vinci Code. You could enjoy the frescoes in the solemn atmosphere.
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  • Noted as one of the largest churches in Paris, this is a must visit while in St Germain. Two towers and a beautiful fountain frame the outside. Inside, there is a subdued opulence and aged beauty that many will enjoy while walking around.
  • Cool church known for its organ among non-religious travelers. I'd been here before I'd seen this, but have since learned Rick Steves had this featured in his video about Paris. It's also right next to one of my favorite bakeries in Paris.
  • I stumbled across this church after visiting the Luxembourg Gardens and it absolutely blew my mind. The structure's size is absolutely incredible. Inside the various alters have such beautiful artwork and it's a wonderful place to pray.
  • Known for its connection to the Da Vinci Code church. Check out the paintings to the right of the entrance, and the gnomon on the left.
  • Beautiful cathedral with some modern day connections (Da Vinci Code).

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