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Church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres

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Address: 3 Place Saint Germain des Pres, 75006 Paris, France
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+33 1 55 42 81 33
14:30 - 18:45
10:30 - 12:00
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Mon - Fri 14:30 - 18:45
Tue - Fri 10:30 - 12:00

One of the oldest churches in the city, this cathedral's interior is...

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Lovely Old Quarter

One of Paris' oldest quarters features this lovely church. Some of it has been rebuilt, but it has integrity and is an important site.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of Paris' oldest quarters features this lovely church. Some of it has been rebuilt, but it has integrity and is an important site.

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Crassier, Switzerland
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

First built as an Abby in the 6th century by the Merovingian kings of Neustria the grounds were almost completely destroyed during the French Revolution. Very simplistic in architecture yet full of history regarding French wars with Spain and the Arab invasion of southern France. Just enter and close your eyes and listent to the voices of the past that... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

This church has an roman tower, and is situated like in a village in the center of the little characteristic streets of the district with many shops of art, it is old Paris church, the area is the meeting place of intellectuals of rive gauche;

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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

The Church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres is a wonderful church to visit when in Paris. It is a Catholic Church that was established in 542. Coming from America I appreciate and sometimes can't wrap my head around buildings that are this old. The building has had damage throughout the years but it is still an amazing place to see.

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Reviewed 29 December 2016

Another great Paris church within the heart of fashionable Saint Germain. Reportedly the oldest church in Paris, it exudes history and is definitely a must-see for any history or architecture lover. The interior is truly fascinating (note the interesting murals that are currently undergoing some much needed restoration). It’s located right by a Metro stop and across the street from... More 

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Reviewed 10 December 2016

This really is a must see. Even if churches don't usually do it for you then you will probably be visiting the left bank anyway so do drop in. This is the site of the oldest extant church in Paris, founded nearly 1500 years ago and with numerous styles down to the 19C. The church almost equals the Pantheon in... More 

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Reviewed 21 November 2016

This church is historic in its own right. Aside that Ernest Hemingway and Pauline lived nearby and some of his favourite bars and restaurants are within walking distance, one of the most memorable things to do at the Church of Saint Germain des Pres is to attend one of its concerts. I have heard an Ave Maria concert here performed... More 

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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

I had peeked in on a previous trip but there was a wedding in progress so we didn't disturb them. This time I planned to go on Sun morning and experience mass. We got there early and wandered around to see the sixth century building. Then we sat to watch and listen. One of the priests came by. He was... More 

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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Our first day in Paris we walked from our hotel to the Louvre and then turned around and walked all the way to Church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres. It was a landmark that I was seeking and we went inside. There are no lines of tourists here. The church is Medieval style and one of the oldest churches in Paris. It is... More 

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Reviewed 10 August 2016

The signature feature is the massive bell tower which began to toll for evening mass just after I returned outside. That white stone tower against a blue sky momentarily makes you think you're out in the countryside rather than central Paris.There's all sorts of bits of building tacked on to that tower. Inside and under it, to the left is... More 

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In Saint-Germain-des-Prés, life is effortlessly chic and all things are beautiful. The main boulevard is dotted with famed terraced cafés, haut-couture shops, ivy-covered railings and fine-dining restaurants. Antique dealers and art galleries surround the fine art school and small museums hide in unassuming squares. The neighbourhood’s namesake church is the oldest in Paris and is the backdrop for talented musicians every weekend. The Luxembourg Gardens house the national senate, splendid lawns and flourishing flower beds. Famous faces and bourgeois Parisians frequent Saint Germain accompanied by the students of Rue Saint Guillaume and Rue des Saints-Pères. This is a neighbourhood where afternoon people-watching from a café or playing cards in a brasserie are a key part of the daily fabric.
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