Our list of 25 Paris churches you will enjoy visiting
16 million visitors came to Paris in 2017 to discover our exceptional tourist sites, including our churches.
And God knows how many churches there are in Paris!
Instead, we propose you a selection of 25 Paris churches that are less known, but boast a wealth of ornamental, architectural and sometimes unusual features.
- Chapelle Expiatoire is the most moving, as it stands on the exact spot where the bodies of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were buried.
- La Madeleine resembles a Greek temple, as it was built to pay tribute to Napoleon’s Great Army and had no religious purpose. So don’t look for a Cross or a belfry!
- La Trinité is a perfect illustration of Baroque architecture, the lavish style of the Second Empire.
- Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption has been devoted, since 1844, to serve the Poles who fled their country invaded by Russia.
- Notre-Dame-du-Travail is a perfect illustration of metal architecture, a style that was at its peak at the turn of the 20th century.
- Saint-Denis Basilica is the most regal of our 25 Paris churches! It was the necropolis of the Kings of France from 987 to 1789 and shelters the remains of our 42 kings, 32 queens, 63 princes and princesses and 10 great barons.
- Saint-Etienne-du-Mont is the only Parisian church with an architecture that reflects the transition from Gothic to Gothic Flamboyant and French Renaissance.
It stands on the site of the abbey founded by Clovis, the first king of France and contains the shrine of Sainte-Geneviève, one of the 3 patron saints of Paris.
- Saint-Eustache is one of the most imposing Gothic churches of Paris!
A major centre of Sacred Music, it stands right by Les Halles, Paris’ former covered-market and historical heart.
- Saint-Francois-Xavier contains the preserved body of Sainte Madeleine-Sophie Barat.The nun could be considered an early feminist, as she battled all her life to promote girls education.
- Saint-Germains-des-Prés is one of the oldest churches in Paris and one of the oldest Romanesque churches in France. It is also the only surviving building of the prestigious abbey our French kings founded in the late 6th century.
- Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois is the former parish church of the Kings of France.
- Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais was the first Parisian church with a facade adorned with the three classical orders.
- Saint-Jean-de-Montmarte is a superb illustration of Art Nouveau and the only Parisian church built in reinforced cement on a metal frame.
- Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre is a perfect illustration of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture.It has been devoted to the Greek-Catholic cult since the late 19th century.
- Saint-Louis-en-l’Isle, the parish church of the affluent Ile Saint-Louis, is renowned for its lavish Baroque decoration. Marie Curie and President Georges Pompidou were among the rich and famous who worshiped there.
- Saint-Marcel is dedicated to the 9th Bishop and patron saint of Paris.The unusual contemporary church stands a couple of 100m from the site, where the first Christian community of Paris settled some 2000 years ago.
- Saint-Médard is located Rue Mouffetard, a market street and iconic site of the Rive Gauche. It is dedicated to the patron saint of farmers, winemakers and brewers.
- Saint-Merry is one of the wealthiest and most lavishly decorated churches in Paris.It was the parish church of the moneylenders and bankers established nearby, but also of the prostitutes, as this district was their haunt!
- Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis was built against a section of the city’s 12th century rampart.It contains a wealth of post French Revolution religious furniture and painting such as the Christ in agony in the Garden of Olives by Delacroix.
- Saint-Philippe-du-Roule is located along the affluent Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.It was built, enlarged and decorated by the most influential architects and artists of the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Saint-Pierre-de-Montmartre is the only remaining building of the prestigious Abbey of Montmartre and is the oldest of our 25 Paris churches!It gathers a stunning collection of stained-glass windows created by Max Ingrand in 1953.
- Saint-Roch is one of the largest churches in Paris.Built by the Guild of the millers and bakers established in Rue Saint-Honoré, it is renowned for its lavish Baroque decoration.
- Saint-Serge-de-Radonege Russian Orthodox church is renowned for its exceptional iconostasis composed of over a hundred paintings.
- Saint-Séverin stands in the heart of the Latin Quarter and is a major centre of Sacred Music. A superb illustration of Gothic Flamboyant architecture, it gathers a wealth of exceptional features that include a stunning collection of contemporary stained glass windows and an unusual twisted pillar.
- Saint-Sulpice is the 2nd largest church in Paris and a true masterpiece of French architecture!