The Church of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais in face of Paris City Hall

The Church of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais is an example of a successful blend of varied architectural styles. Classic, gothic, Renaissance… the building and its impressive façade are a must-seen in Paris 4th arrondissement.

After visiting the beautiful Church of Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis we were talking about just here, why not continuing your adventure in the Marais neighborhood with another church visit? The Church of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais, set across the City Hall, expects you with open arms!

The Church of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais is famous for its different architectural styles that make it, in a certain light, look like a gothic church and in another light look like a classic church. Its impressive 3-level façade created by Salomon de Brosse and Clément II Métezeau is considered as a masterpiece of French classicism with the presence of three orders of Greek architecture (Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns).

These different architectures are due to the duration of the construction of the Church of Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais: over 150 years! Started in 1494 in lieu of a basilica from the 7th century, the construction ends in 1657 only and sees many architects and time periods: inside the building, the choir vaults are in a flamboyant gothic style, the nave from the 16th century falls under the gothic style while the windows and the stained-glass windows are influenced by the Renaissance.

L'Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais, en face de l'Hôtel de Ville L'Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais, en face de l'Hôtel de Ville L'Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais, en face de l'Hôtel de Ville L'Eglise Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais, en face de l'Hôtel de Ville

Inside, a rich decoration adorns the building. Don’t miss the Chapel of the Virgin beautifully decorated with its 2.5-m diameter pending keystone and especially the magnificent stained-glass window of Book of Wisdom. Dating from 1531 it’s in an incredible conservation status.

Finally, for the record, a German bomb fell in 1918 on the church during the service and killed about a hundred faithful. A commemorative chapel has been built later on in tribute to the victims.

Manon C.
Last updated on 23 July 2018

Practical information

Location

13 Rue des Barres
75004 Paris 4

Prices
Free

Official website
jerusalem.cef.fr

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