European Heritage Days 2020 at the Church of Saint-Germain des Prés

Published by Anne-christine C. · Published on 21 August 2020 at 12h12 · Updated on 14 September 2020 at 22h36
For European Heritage Days, the Church of Saint-Germain des Prés opens for guided tours of the building as well as the Saint-Symphorien chapel on September 19 and 20, 2020.

When visiting the Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Latin Quarter, I am sure you have already walked by the Church of Saint-Germain des Prés. But have you only been there once? If not already, think about this beautiful Parisian and Roman church for the 37th edition of European Heritage Days on September 19 and 20, 2020. And on the occasion, one-hour guided tours are held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday at noon, and then from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Note that the Saint-Symphorien chapel is also open during the guided tour.

Before we get started, you need to know one thing. The Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is part of an abbey simply called the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Its construction, devoted to Germain Bishop of Paris, dates back to the Merovingian era (in 558) like most of the Parisian churches. The Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is then the oldest church in Paris!

Painter Hippolyte Flandrin was called in and given the totality of the indoor decors. The latter, helped by other artists of the time era, is inspired by Byzantine art, Roman art and primitive Italian painters to dress the walls of the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Paintings we can still admire today!

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Despite the alterations of primitive gothic style conducted by the architects, the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés kept its charming Roman style; one of the last remains of this architecture in Paris!

European Heritage Days 2020 Program in Paris and the Ile-de-France Region:

And to get your bearings more easily, we've made you some themed guides:

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 19 September 2020 to 20 September 2020



    Place Saint-Germain des Prés
    75006 Paris 6


    Official website

    More informations
    visites commentées d'une heure toutes les heures le samedi de 10h à 17h et le dimanche de 12h à 17h