Church Saint-Eugène Sainte-Cécile is a little wonder. It’s named with a double patronage in tribute to Saint-Eugène and Sainte-Cécile patron saint of musicians as a nod to the Conservatoire de Paris set not far from there.
It’s with an extraordinary rapidity that the church has been built from 1854 to 1856. It required only 20 months to erect this beautiful building in lieu of the former Hôtel des Menus-Plaisirs. We must say the church has been built by architect Louis-Auguste Boileau in a special manner for the time: indeed, it’s the first church to be built with a metallic structure instead of with stone! At the time, iron was all rage and using it ensures a considerable trick to save time and money in addition to make sure the building is solid.
Yet, from the outside, Church Saint-Eugène Sainte-Cécile doesn’t look much: a rather sober decoration, no sculptures, no bell tower… But it’s inside that the magic happens. Once you’ve walked the door, you discover a very sophisticated and colorful indoor. Walls and fine columns made of cast iron are entirely painted, so are the vaults, with a starry pattern. Everywhere, wonderful stained-glass windows (48 of them!), fine and full of colors.
During your visit, don’t miss the organs made on the occasion of the World Fair in 1850 especially the choir and it glass roof, their beauty is breathtaking. Church Saint-Eugène Sainte-Cécile is unquestionably the Sainte-Chapelle’s little sister!
For your record, in 1857, Jules Verne marries Honorine Viane in this very church, which metal structure isn’t without reminding us of the inventions found in his books. Did it inspire him?
Listed as Historic Monument in 1983, Church Saint-Eugène Sainte-Cécile is definitely one of the most beautiful churches in Paris. A must-seen in the 9th arrondissement!
Eglise Saint-Eugène Sainte-Cécile
4 Rue du Conservatoire
75009 Paris 9