Enjoy on European Heritage Days 2021 exceptional and free guided tours in Paris. Historic monuments, museums, and places of worship open and tell their secrets to curious people. This is the case with Paris 5th arrondissement Church of Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet. Meet on Saturday September 18 and Sunday 19, 2021 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for self-guided or commented tours open to all from 7 years old. A lovely family outing. Note the tour can also be accessed by people with motor or mental disabilities.
Traditionalist Catholic parish by excellence, the Church of Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet recently made the news. As a matter of fact, in April 2020, a clandestine Pascal service was held and the police has had to interrupt it. Do not worry, for the European Heritage Days 2021, its opening has been approved by the Prefecture!
Built in the Grand Century, mostly decorated by Charles Le Brun – King Louis XIV’s First Painter – and visited by Saint Vincent of Paul, Saint Louise of Marilla, or Saint Francis de Sales, the Church of Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet is home to many Christian art gems.
Unlike other churches in Paris, the Church of Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet has the specific feature of keeping a very traditional active and committed community (sometimes even called fundamentalist). Here, services are still celebrated 100% in Latin. Priests officiating belong to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, a dissident movement founded in 1970 by Monsignor Marcel Lefebvre, after the Second Vatican Council.
Fun fact about the name of the place: Chardonnet does refer to the “chardons” (French for thistle) that used to be grown a lot in this part of the city, because they were used to card sheets (a process to air the fiber before weaving).
Dates and Opening Time
From 18 September 2021 to 19 September 2021
Eglise Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet
23 Rue des Bernardins
75005 Paris 5
Métro Maubert Mutualité (ligne 10)