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St. Gervais - St. Protais, Paris
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One of the oldest churches in Paris, 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 St. Gervais - St. Protais and other attractions in Paris.
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  • We found this church by accident and is not as well known as other cathedrals but certainly very calm and worthwhile visit. 
  • One of my favorite places in Paris. Go at 6 pm for the evening vespers (which are I think from Wed to Saturday). The Vespers are sung by a group of nuns clothes in white, and if the sun is out, stream...  more »
  • Church is not very popular, is located in the Town Hall. The inside is a little bare, bella only externally.
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