"The churches of the Quartier Latin" Saint Etienne du Mont Church - Eglise Tip by Jefie

  Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, as seen from the Pantheon
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  • Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, as seen from the Pantheon - Paris
      Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, as seen from the Pantheon
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  • Inside the nave of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont - Paris
      Inside the nave of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont
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  • The shrine dedicated to Sainte-Genevieve - Paris
      The shrine dedicated to Sainte-Genevieve
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I always enjoy visiting churches when I'm traveling because they always show architecture at its best, they're full of impressive works of arts, have a lot of history... and admission is free! The three best-known churches in the Latin Quarter are Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre (the oldest church in Paris after Saint-Germain-des-Pres, dating back to 1165), Saint-Severin (a great example of Gothic architecture, with countless gargoyles sticking out in all directions), and my favorite one: Saint-Étienne-du-Mont. Saint-Étienne was built during the 13th century, but the population, mainly composed of students, quickly outgrew the original building so plans were made to enlarge it - this was done section by section, mixing late Gothic with Italian Renaissance styles, which contributed to giving the church its trademark eclectic appearance.

One of my favorite features inside the church was the chapel dedicated to Sainte-Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. The French philosopher, physicist and mathematician Blaise Pascal was also buried at Saint-Etienne, along with French playwright Jean Racine.

Address: Place Sainte-Genevieve
Directions: Right next to the Pantheon
Phone: 01 43 54 11 79
Website: http://www.saintetiennedumont.fr

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  • Updated May 7, 2007
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