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St-Germain l'Auxerrois

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Address: 2 Place du Louvre | 1er, 75001 Paris, France
Phone Number: 01-42-60-13-96
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Beautiful church with highly ornate details

The Church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois is located right behind the Louvre Museum, just across the street from the Cour Carree entrance. This impressive church excellently... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

The Church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois is located right behind the Louvre Museum, just across the street from the Cour Carree entrance. This impressive church excellently combines late Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The intricately ornate exterior of this historic church, with its gorgeous rose window, is absolutely stunning. The most prominent feature of the church is undoubtedly the richly decorated bell... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016

The history of the parish dates back nearly 1,500 years, making it one of the oldest parishes of the right bank of Paris! Located right next to the Louvre, Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois has always had a special connection with this monument, residence of the kings of France until XIXᵉ century, hence the title of "parish of the kings of France ".... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

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 January 11, 2016

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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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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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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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.

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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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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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