After visiting the Church of Saint Severin (we where talking about just here), why not going up to the Saint Geneviève hill a stone’s throw from the Pantheon so that you can discover another church, the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont? Especially since (teasing!) the church contains a very well-kept secret we’ll speak about in a moment. But first, let’s talk about history!
The Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont has been built between 1492 and 1626 near the former Church of Saint Geneviève that became too small to welcome everyone who came to confess and listen to the mass. By the way, it’s in this former church that Clovis and his wife have been buried. The Church of Saint Geneviève has then been destroyed in 1808 and there are some remains such as the Clovis tower, its former steeple.
Since the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont required three centuries to be built, we observe several architectural styles used during its construction: gothic art and Renaissance art. The façade of the church will be renovated later in the middle of the 19th century by Victor Baltard to whom we owe already – a few years before – the renovation of the Church of Saint Eustache following the terrible fire that ravaged it.
During your visit, don’t miss the big organs, the pulpit, the two spiral stairways as well as the secret we were talking about earlier: a wonderful jube (that was used to read the Gospel before the appearance of the pulpits) built in the 1540’s and that resisted to the parishioners’ request to have it demolish in the 18th century arguing that it hides the choir. This jube, as beautiful as fine lace, is the last one in Paris and one of the last 9 in France!
Please also note that the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont houses since 1803 the relics of Saint Genevieve, Paris patron saint and philosopher Pascal and playwright Racine have been buried in this church!
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Horaires des vacances, du dimanche 1er juillet au lundi 10 septembre inclus :
lundi : fermeture toute la journée
Du mardi au vendredi : de 10 h à 12 h et de 16 h à 18 h
Le samedi : de 10 h à 12 h et de 16 h à 20 h
Le dimanche : de 10 h à 12 h 30 et de 16 h 30 à 20 h