The Church of Saint Peter of Montmartre is one of these jewels nestling in the Butte Montmartre. It has been built in 1134, making it one of the oldest parish churches in Paris. Listed as historic monument since 1923, its architecture evolved a lot since its creation. we must say its history has been filled with unexpected turns.
In the past, in lieu of this church, we could find a Merovingian basilica built in tribute to Saint Denis. Still today, we can admire the five original capitals as well as four marble columns that are the remains of an Antique temple. It’s in 1133 that king Louis VI, called the Fat, starts the construction of this Roman church. By the end of the 12th century, the apse is rebuilt but in a primitive gothic style.
Following the Hundred Years’ War, the church is damages and undergoes reparations adding a new architecture. It explains why the nave and the crossing you can now admire display a flamboyant gothic style. These many renovations contributed to the building’s surprising architecture.
Another particularity of this church is that it used to be a parish and an abbey. Still today, it represents a high place of Christian spirituality within the French capital.
Eglise Saint Pierre de Montmartre
2 Rue du Mont Cenis
75018 Paris 18