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“Beautiful and simplistic” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St-Eustache

St-Eustache
2 rue du Jour | 1er, Paris, France (Louvre / Place Vendôme)
01-42-36-31-05
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Ranked #47 of 636 Attractions in Paris
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Owner description: This huge cathedral represents a transition between Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
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“Beautiful and simplistic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

A very beautiful cathedral. Not as crowded as Notre Dame.

Don't go there just for the cathedral because there isn't much to see. The few things there are breathtaking. Combine it with other activities, such as lunch on the Rue Montorgueil or shopping in the Les Halles shopping center.

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“Grand and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

A really lovely church to wander into. Immersed in history and full of fascinating monuments, this is a peaceful and beautiful place.

Visited July 2013
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“Big Cathedral, But Not Impressive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Found it very large, second only to Norte Dame, but was not that all impressed. Interesting structure for the period. Since we are currently living here we have lots of time to visit the many variety of church's But if you are here for a short time there are many better places to visit and see.

Visited July 2013
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“Nothing to rush for”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

There are better places to go and find and see in Paris. Be careful.. very careful around this region for the pick pockets and grifters, it was an area of Paris that I could not get out of quick enough

Visited June 2013
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“Richelieu, Mozart, Rubens and Keith Haring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Saint Eustache is definitely a church with an illustrious past. Situated in the commercial heart of Paris (the famous market "les Halles" and the Stock exchange are nearby), it has always been a place where prominent people went in and out. Amongst the who is who are Richelieu, who was baptised here, Louis XIV, who received his first communion and Moliere, who married in this church. Mozart was also here, but on a sad occasion. His mother passed away in Paris during her son's 1788 international road show and was buried in St. Eustache.
Saint Eustache is a beautiful building blending gothic with renaissance elements. Gothic style was already a bit on its way out when St Eustache was designed in the 16th century. It remained the dominant element of the church's structure, but many of the decorative elements were "already" designed in the new Renaissance style. When you enter, the dominant impression is that of a very spacious and "airy" cathedral. This is not least due to the fact that the church had to fit into the existing system of surrounding streets. As a consequence, Saint Eustache is very high in proportion to its length. The fact that the church had to fit into a given slot can also be traced back in the series of chapels towards "les Halles", which become less deep the further they are away from the main altar.
As regards the interior, three items stick out of the rich decoration: First of all, the monumental organ, the biggest in entire France, secondly, several painting of Rubens and thirdly, believe it or not, a tryptichon by Keith Haring. How come? - Well, for you to find out.

Visited May 2013
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