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St-Germain l'Auxerrois

2 place du Louvre | 1er, Paris, France (Louvre / Place Vendôme)
01-42-60-13-96
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Ranked #176 of 734 attractions in Paris
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

St-Germain is one of many ancient churches in Paris that no-one has heard of. I stayed in the hotel next door so my discovery of this beautiful church was accidental. What a gem! It's right behind the Louvre and is a quiet haven away from all the other tourists. It holds some wonderful paintings, and has a link to the... More

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Manila, Philippines
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We would never have found out or visited this church if it were not beside our hotel. This church is like a miniature version of the more famous Notre Dame church. The similarity lies in the gothic style. The stained glass inside the church is beautiful and is for me the main attraction for tourists. There are also some paintings... More

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London, United Kingdom
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301 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

My hotel room ( Relais de louvre) had a view to this church, so each morning I opened the curtains to see its lovely architecture complete with gargoyles while I was in Paris. I went inside the church for a brief visit and was surprised by the beautiful stained glass, well worth a brief visit.

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Asheville, NC
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118 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

We walked into this place by accident when we were looking for a short cut to get from Ile de la Citie to Angelina's. If you're in the area to see the Louvre (almost next door) take a few minutes to stroll through this old church. You won't stay a long time. It isn't that kind of place. But, it's... More

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Mascalucia, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This church is right across from the Louvre so definitely take a minute to enjoy the architecture of the building before visiting the museum. It is a stunning church.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

It is amazing how this lovely old church that is so full of history (both good and bad) remains almost unscathed by the usual onslaught of tourists in Paris. It stands in the shadow of the Louvre because--back when the Louvre was still "le Palais du Louvre," a royal palace--l'Église Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois was its church. This truly was the parish... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Can you believe this?.... there has been a church on this site since the 7th century. That's from 600 AD... quite mind-boggling when you stop munching on your crispy baguette. Its bearing is laden with Roman,Gothic and Renaissance styles. The most striking feature of exterior is the porch with arose window and a balustrade above,which circles the whole church. I... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

Free entry. Opposite the back entrance to The Louvre stand this beautiful little church. It has a lovely collection of Stained Glass Windows from various time periods. Some of the Church Pillars have plaques giving thanks for healings and Miracles. these plaques date back to the early 1900's. It does smell very musty and is extremely noisy thanks to a... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

A fascinating exterior with the unique round bell tower, the only part that survives from the early Romanesque architecture. An attraction on it's own with the amazing intricate carvings. Much to admire inside with the display of paintings, stained glass and the many beautiful chapels. Do not miss the gold frieze hidden by the side of the altar. The impressive... More

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The Steamy Middle East
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22 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

I've never even been in the church itself, I'm writing only about its carillon (which is actually owned by the mairie next door, though it's built into the church tower) and the carillon concert. There's a legend, quite possibly untrue, that the bell of St-Germain l'Auxerrois was used as a signal to begin the St. Bartholomew's day massacre in 1572,... More

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