Paris' Best Churches

Everything you need to know about Paris’ must-see churches.

L’Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre with a View of the Notre-Dame-de-Paris

In the shadow of the city’s oldest tree located in the 5th arrondissement, this old dame of a parisienne is one of the oldest edifices of the entire capital. Check out the magnificent iconostasis with its screens behind the enormous gothic buttresses erected along the exterior. Little bonus: the Square Viviani in front of the church offers a wonderful perspective of the Notre-Dame-de-Paris and even houses some of its vestiges.

Le Cloître des Billettes in the Heart of the Marais

Magnificently elegant archways characterize the only surviving medieval monastery of Paris. Ask about the event schedule as temporary exhibitions and concerts occur there frequently. What better way to experience this stunning structure?

The Saint Chapelle on the Ile de la Cité

This gothic gem will blow you away. Guaranteed. The fifteen immense windows comprising the extraordinarily tall chapel represent over a thousand Bible scenes and the rose-window illustrates the apocalypse as foreshadowed by Saint Jean. This jewel box of colors and light conceals the relics of the Passion of Christ.

L’Église Saint-Etienne-du-Mont behind the Panthéon

This beautiful church built in renaissance and gothic styles merits a detour, even if just to admire the sublime 16th century, stone jube it contains—incidentally the only jube remaining in Paris. If you are a big fan of Woody Allen's, you can also find there the famous steps featured in the movie Midnight in Paris.

L’Église Notre-Dame-du-Travail just Southwest of the Montparnasse Cemetery

It’s no Notre-Dame-de-Paris, but this underrated church is worth a visit. It was built in the 20th century by workers from the quartier. The exterior makes a rather modest impression, but inside the steel framework resembles the style of the Eiffel Tower built ten years before: not your average church, huh? Go ahead and visit this simple, but unique church, which hosts numerous neighborhood social projects. You’ll be glad you did!

La Basilique Saint-Denis

Brimful with history, this necropolis contains the tombs of over 70 kings as well as the relics of Saint Denis, whose famous battle cry “Montjoie Saint Denis” rallied the French. This is a Parisian suburb about a twenty minute metro ride from Châtelet.

La Madeleine

Don't let the thirty meter high Gree-style temple intimidate you. The facade boasting fifty-two corinthian columns, and the sculptures that dominate the interior, is absolutely worth a glance.

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