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Eglise Saint Merri

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Address: 76 rue de la Verrerie | Rue St Martin, 75004 Paris, France
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A beautiful church

We found this church literally across the plaza from the Pompideau Center Inside it was not crowded. It is an active church so you do need to be mindful that there are services... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We found this church literally across the plaza from the Pompideau Center Inside it was not crowded. It is an active church so you do need to be mindful that there are services that go on. Smaller than the cavernous Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur, it seems a more intimate space but still quite arresting. We thoroughly enjoyed it so... More 

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Adria, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

I stumbled upon this church as it is in a side street very near the Pompidou Centre. OK, it is secondary attraction in Paris, but well worth a visit if you're passing. This summer (2016) is doing free classical music concerts on certain evenings.

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

This beautiful church has a dusty and forgotten air, and certainly lacks the money that keeps its near neighbour Notre Dame going, but it is obviously well used and well-loved by its own community. Right by the Pompidou Centre and the local shops, with beggars in the doorway, and a community meeting going on inside when we visited. The organ... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

I had read about the historic Eglise St. Merri, of Gothic architecture and with one of the oldest church bells in Paris (1331). Built in 1520 - 1612 with wonderful church acoustics, St.-Merri possesses a beautifully sounding organ that had been rebuilt by noted Francois Henri Cliquot in 1781 and was played by Camille Saint-Saens when he was organist there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

Sorry for the late post. I visited July 2014. It's a very old gothic church which is under renovations. It looks like many of the old churches in Paris. The organ is large and magnificent. My highlight of my visit was sewing a small patch of material to the Community Quilt, which will be offered to a Korean church.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

I had the honour of performing a concert in this beautiful church in Paris. They have an active concert programme with free (donations only) events on a Wednesday and a Saturday. It has a wonderful acoustic and I would recommend it to any performer. From a tourist point of view, it is a lovely space, a stone's throw from the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2015

This small gothic church is in the La Marais distrcit. From the windows of the Pompidou Center you can see it. It is a hidden gem. We got in just by chance, after visiting Pompidou Center.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2015

I found this by accident and fell in love with it. This church is beauty personified and seems to be forgotten or not recognized. The altar must be seen in order to appreciate the beauty it gives to all who pay a visit. I went back a second time to make a donation to help in some small way. Please... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2014

We discovered Eglise St. Merri after visiting the Musee Pompidou. The area surrounding the museum is delightful for strolling. Entering the church by a side door, we were struck by its slightly decrepit charm. There were cobwebs here and there, some unfinished repairs, that sort of thing. We also saw posters showing that the church supports artists and the gay... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

Tucked into the bustling commercial district of Les Halles, not far from the defiantly 20th century Pompidou Center, St Merry is easily overlooked. The main entrance of this flamboyant Gothic gem is on rue St Martin, but it is rarely used; come in through the unmarked entrance around the corner on rue de la Verrerie. St Merry (sometimes rendered St... More 

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Historically the central iron-clad market of Paris, Les Halles has evolved architecturally since then but the pulsating energy has stayed the same. Now it houses the main shopping mall, which nestles underground surrounded by fast-food take-aways and international restaurants coupled with beautiful churches and the old commodity exchange. Parallel to it are the high-street stores of Rue de Rivoli and just parallel to that the Seine. The area bustles with faces from all continents and all ages at all times of the day. If enjoying high-street shopping with easy access to fast eateries and lively bars is on your agenda, this is the place to go.
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