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St-Germain l'Auxerrois

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Address: 2 place du Louvre | 1er, Paris, France
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Interesting gothic architecure, not too many tourists

Behind the Louvre, within walking distance. Gothic church with Renaissance stained-glass. Look at the porch and the rose window, as well as the sculptures. Little known... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Dallas, Texas

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Behind the Louvre, within walking distance. Gothic church with Renaissance stained-glass. Look at the porch and the rose window, as well as the sculptures. Little known historical fact, during the war of religions in the 16th century (Massacre de la St Barthelemy), Huguenots were thrown from the balconies at the front of the church.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here a couple times. Once for mass and another time to hear a concert. Great venue for the concert, highly recommend. The outside of the church is highly ornate, complete with gargoyles.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Paris sure loves these very early Saints. The small tower on the South side (on-line) informs us is the bell that initiated Queen Cathrine Medici's 1572 3,000 massacre of the French Huguenots. (Protestants.) And then during the Reign of Terror this ancient Church was used for the storage of animal feed and gunpowder. Buried in this church were the famous... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Beautiful church across from the Louvre with exquisite stained glass windows and icon of Jesus. It is a wonderful place to visit and see Catholic Parisians practicing their religious faith.

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 468 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I love the "Gothic " style and so obviously I loved this church,the outside of it is architecturally stunning, I would haved liked pews better than the chairs inside but hey cant have everything ...loved this church.

Thank Bornabrit
Palermo, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Close to Louvre and super nice church. Look for it and visit, it's a perfect example of the French gotic definetely not to be missed!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

While there are some nice renaissance features and some lovely stained-glass windows it's the soaring gothic columns and the huge enclosed which most impressed me in this sizeable church. No doubt it also impressed all the medieval peasants who had to pay for it, Royal families from the Valois on made St Germain their parish church, and while it didn't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Worth a visit due to it's rich history, including the fact that the royal family worshiped there when the Louvre was their palace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Facing the eastern facade of the Louvre, this was the parish church of the royal family when the Louvre was still a Royal Palace. it has seen many historic occasions and incident -- all of which are well documented in other reviews and good guide books. During the Revolution, it was used as a store house and police station. Much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We first visited this beautiful church just across the street from the Louvre about a year and a half ago. It's in the guidebooks, but none of them seem to put much priority on it. You, on the other hand, should. Before the Louvre was a museum, it was the royal palace, and Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois was the royal family's parish... More 

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