The building of this monument dedicated to Saint Louis is decided in 1622 but only starts in 1664 with blueprints by François Le Vau (whose brother Louis is famous for conducted the blueprints of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Palace of Versailles). When Le Vau dies, Gabriel Le Duc, Pierre Bullet then Jacques Doucet keep on the works that come to an end in 1726.
During your visit you’ll note that the western façade of the church is completely bling because of the buildings existing at the time of its construction. Please also note that the 30-m high beautiful steeple is remarkable because if its narrow and openwork shape in order to present a smaller wind surface area since the wind can sometimes blow very strongly on Île-Saint-Louis. The current steeple houses a surprising iron clock hung perpendicularly to the street.
While the outside and the inside of the Saint-Louis-en-l’Île Church are voluntarily pared-down in the beginning. Its style has been heavier in the 18th and 19th centuries to turn it into a baroque church looking like the Jesuit Church of Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis we were talking about here.
The inside is breathtaking in its beauty: woodworks, sculptures, gildings galore, stucco, marble, murals and many works of art are to be discovered once you’ve walked the door.
During the French Revolution, the statue of the Madonna and the Child and the Statue of Saint Geneviève have been respectively transformed in the Goddess of Liberty and the Goddess of Reason saving them from being destroyed. And you can still admire them today!
Also, for classic music lovers, the Saint-Louis-en-lÎle Church regularly holds concerts.
A luxury church that is worth its weight in gold!
75004 Paris 4