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Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, Paris: 18 reviews and 68 photos

  Seen from the Pantheon.
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  • Seen from the Pantheon. - Paris
      Seen from the Pantheon.
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  • The jube. - Paris
      The jube.
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  • The small cloister behind the Choir, - Paris
      The small cloister behind the Choir,
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      and a stained glass window.
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  • St. Etienne-du-Mont church, 5th. - Paris
 

The first sign of a church here dates back to 1222, and quite quickly became too small due to the number of schools in the area, but it took around 400 years to almost finish, after enlarging it, adding bits and then a complete reconstruction, with the first stone of the new facade being laid in 1610. Finally finished some 16 years later work carried on inside, with the grand organ being added in 1636 and further apartments for the priests even later. The fabulous jube was built around 1530 fortunately not suffering during the restructuration and is the only one of its type in Paris.
Although the church was closed during the Revolution it didn't suffer too much and only the facade and some statues really needed restoration. After Pope Pius VII in 1805, Pope Jean-Paul II celebrated mass here in 1997.
Lastly, if you've seen the film "Midnight in Paris" the steps to the left of the main door facing the "rue de la Montagne-Ste. Genevieve" are the ones seen in the film where Owen Wilson sits before taking the car at midnight.

Cardinal Lemoine is the closest metro.

Address: Rue de la Montagne-Ste. Genevieve, 75005 Paris.
Directions: From the metro walk up rue Cardinal Lemoine and turn right onto rue Clovis.

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