European Heritage Days 2021 at the Church of Saint-Germain des Prés

Published by Laurent P., Anne-christine C. · Published on 15 September 2021 at 11h14
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 18 and 19, 2021.

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 38th edition of European Heritage Days on September 18 and 19, 2021. And on the occasion, one-hour guided tours are held on Saturday (10 a.m. - 11 a.m. / 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. / 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. / 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. / 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. / 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.) and on Sunday (12 p.m. - 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. / 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. / 4 p.m. - 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 remnants of this architecture in Paris!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 18 September 2021 to 19 September 2021

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    Location

    Place Saint-Germain des Prés
    75006 Paris 6

    Prices
    Free

    Official website
    www.eglise-saintgermaindespres.fr

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