"Eglise St Severin" Saint Severin Church - Eglise Tip by illumina

Saint Severin Church - Eglise, Paris: 22 reviews and 90 photos


The mainly 15th century church of Saint Severin is one of the city's most elegant churches.

In the 6th century, a hermit name Severin is said to have lived on this spot - he persuaded Clodoald, grandson of King Clovis, to take holy orders, and an oratory was built here in his memory. SInce that time, several churches have been rebuilt on the same spot after destruction by Norman invasion and by fire. The present building was under construction from the 13C to the 20C, because there was never enough money to finish it, although the three pillars closest to the entrance are 13C remains of a previous church.

To the right of the church as you stand at the front is the garden. It's behind a tall fence and can't be entered from the outside, but you can go through the church and enter it from a doorway in the fourth bay. The garden was once a burial ground surrounded by a charnel house (a repository for bones as they were dug up when the graveyard became over-full). Part of the galleries are restored, looking much as they did in medieval times. They are the only ones still left in Paris today. Apparently in 1474 the first operation for gall stones was performed. The story says that an archer, condemned to death, suffered from gall stones, and was offered his freedom by Louis XI should he survive the experimental operation. It was successful, and the archer was cured and set free.

Address: 1 Rue des Prêtres Saint-Séverin, 75005
Directions: The Eglise St. Séverin is situated near the Metro Station Saint-Michel
Phone: +33 1 42 34 93 50
Website: http://www.saint-severin.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 10, 2006
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