"Saint Germain-des-Pres" Saint Germain des Pres Church - Eglise Tip by Pieter11

  Église Saint Germain-des-Pres
by Pieter11
  • Église Saint Germain-des-Pres - Paris
      Église Saint Germain-des-Pres
    by Pieter11
  • Right under the church - Paris
      Right under the church
    by Pieter11

Saint Germain-des-Pres is the name of the oldest church in Paris, built in the 12th century. It is also the name of one of the most luxurious quarters of the city and one of the most popular ones.

The Église Saint Germain-des-Pres was built in the second half of the 12th century, and was opened in 1163 by Pope Alexander III. At the same place there also has been an abbey that was originally built in the 6th century. The church is a mixture of Gothic and Roman construction styles. Throughout the long history of the church there were added and replaced several parts resulting in the current mixture of styles. During the French Revolution two of the original three towers were distroyed and never rebuilt. This leaves the clocktower we see nowadays as the only tower of the church.

In the many narrow streets around the church, ending at the Seine river at the north and the Jardins de Luxembourg at the south, you will find lots of art boutics, antique traders and fashion shops. Especially around the Place St-Germain-des-Pres and the Boulevard Saint Germain you will find lots of little bars where a simple cup of coffee will cost you a fortune.

Address: Metro ? St-Germain des Pres ? line 4
Phone: +33 1 55 42 81 33
Website: http://www.eglise-sgp.org

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  • Written Dec 4, 2006
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