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Eglise St. Gervais - St. Protais, Paris

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One of the oldest churches in Paris, Eglise St. Gervais - St. Protais is mentioned as early as the fourth century, though it assumed its present appearance in the 16th century. The church is best-known for employing the Couperin family--one of the most famous dynasties of French musicians--for more than two centuries. The organ used by Louis and François Couperin still sits inside the church today, built by the most famous organ building family, the Clicquots. That fact is remarkable, considering that on March 29, 1918, a German shell fell on the church during a Good Friday service. It collapsed the roof, killing 88 and wounding 68 others. This was the worst single incident involving a loss of civilian lives during the German bombardment of Paris in 1918. The church was rebuilt and refurbished after the war. Use our Paris trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Eglise St. Gervais - St. Protais and other attractions in Paris.
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  • Go to the 11 AM Sunday mass here. You won't be disappointed. Great organ playing and a congregation who sings the mass. Not being Catholic nor French detracts from the beauty and sanctity of the servi...  more »
  • We found this church by accident and is not as well known as other cathedrals but certainly very calm and worthwhile visit.  more »
  • The church is certainly worth a visit. Quite stunning inside. Not as well known as other cathedrals but never less it's still is a great place to see.  more »
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  • From a musical point of view, this church is a must-see (and must HEAR), because the pipe organ is the very instrument upon which members of the famous Couperin family of composers played from 1600 until the 1820s. The vast majority of the stops, and their associated pipework, are original from the 17th and 18th century, with only four using new pipework from the modern era. Because of restorations which, necessarily, took place after the time of the Couperins, the instrument is not exactly the same as it was in the Baroque era: but the sounds you will hear when the instrument are played are highly authentic. This will give performers and listeners a good insight into the performance practice necessary to play Couperin, and other French Early music, in authentic style. The staff in this church were friendly on the occasion of my recent visit.
  • On a long walk though the area, we approached the church from the back and realized it was one we had never before visited. We entered and spotted a handful of sisters in their grey and white habits as well as a number of worshippers on their knees with their foreheads to the stone floor, praying. As we walked quietly through the church, we realized the sisters and several monks were preparing for a service. We sat at the back of the church as the dozen or so members of the orders began singing. It was hard to believe that the music was not recorded, but that they were singing a capella. Although not religious, we were entranced by the 20 minutes or so of the service that we watch.
  • Beautiful service. The sisters sang the whole mass a capella like angels.
  • Wonderfull
  • Good place