Even though you may not be protestant, have you ever had the curiosity to visit a Protestant temple? The 37th edition of European Heritage Days is the perfect occasion to do so with since you’re invited to discover the historic protestant church of L’Oratoire du Louvre on September 19 and 20, 2020.
On the menu of this event: self-guided and guided tours of the temple and its chapels and its grand sacristy to discover this magnificent building in the heart of Paris, as well as to know more about protestantism and its story. Complet program yet to come.
Built from 1621 by the Cardinal de Bréulle, founder of the Congrégation des Prêtres de l'Oratoire, the church becomes the royal chapel of the Palais du Louvre in 1623. It is then given to Protestants in Paris by Napoleon in 1811. Note that the pulpit is original, and the drum and stalls from the Eglise Saint-Louis de Louvre and the main organs have been remade in 1960.
At 160 rue de Rivoli, by the church, rises the monument of admiral Gaspard de Coligny who died on the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre in 1572, this monumental statue made of Carrare marble has been erected in 1889 to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution.
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:
Dates and Opening Time
On 19 September 2020
From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Oratoire du Louvre
145 Rue Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris 1
01 42 60 21 64