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Church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres

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Address: 3 Place Saint Germain des Pres, 75006 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 55 42 81 33
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14:30 - 18:45
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Mon - Fri 14:30 - 18:45
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One of the oldest churches in the city, this cathedral's interior is...

One of the oldest churches in the city, this cathedral's interior is highlighted by a series of colorful frescoes.

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Classic, historic, reverential

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Of all the things we did and saw in Paris, my husband and I loved this church the most. It is one of the oldest churches in Paris and full of history. It's also not hectic and busy like Notre Dame. The church itself is quiet and definitely try and go to mass here if you are Catholic. They played... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

My reason for visiting Saint Germain des Pres was personal. My Great Grandparents got married here. It is a lovely old church although in need of/and in process of/ restoration and repair. There is beautiful artwork and statuary. It's history is amazing. It was part of an Abby built when this area was just meadows....thus it's name Saint-Germain-'des-Pres'. To get... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

This Abbey is in Saint Germain des Prés and is a magnificent, quiet oasis. The rows of small, wood and straw chairs, the statues and stained glass. It is a wonderful quiet refuge and within an amazing central area of Paris with small cafes and shops.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Pretty church in the center of Saint-Germain. Underutilized in my opinion due to historical significance. Worth a look.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Small by comparison to the massive cathedrals that are located throughout France, this church is still incredible in its own right. Although I have stayed in a hotel across the street from the church, this was my first visit. I was completely impressed! As soon as you step inside, you are surrounded by quiet and awe, two very emotional sensations.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

A beautiful church, with interesting frescoes. Easily reachable by Metro, unfortunately it is not valorized enough. There is a small shop, with a limited numbers of guides and some postcards, but not much more. It also looks like the church could benefit from some restorations - the blue ceilings with gold stars look dirty and crumbling in some corners. A... More 

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Saint-Germain-des-Pres
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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