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St. Gervais - St. Protais

#305 of 1,088 things to do in Paris
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Address: Rue de Barres, Paris, France
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This 16th-century Gothic church, named for two men killed by the Roman...

This 16th-century Gothic church, named for two men killed by the Roman emperor Nero, stands on the site of the original seventh-century church.

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A sung mass by the congregation

Go to the 11 AM Sunday mass here. You won't be disappointed. Great organ playing and a congregation who sings the mass. Not being Catholic nor French detracts from the beauty and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 November 2016
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Ravenna, Oh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Go to the 11 AM Sunday mass here. You won't be disappointed. Great organ playing and a congregation who sings the mass. Not being Catholic nor French detracts from the beauty and sanctity of the services here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

We found this church by accident and is not as well known as other cathedrals but certainly very calm and worthwhile visit.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

One of my favorite places in Paris. Go at 6 pm for the evening vespers (which are I think from Wed to Saturday). The Vespers are sung by a group of nuns clothes in white, and if the sun is out, streams through the stained glass. The vespers turns into Mass seamlessly, so you may find yourself attending Mass as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Paris has no shortage of beautiful cathedrals to wander about, but each offers something special and this was no different. Archeticture buffs will appreciate the beautifully carved church dating back over 5oo years while people in search of history could spend a long time going over the artifacts the church has amassed. But above all else, it's the music that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This church was begun about 1648 and has gorgeous stained glass windows added over the centuries. The church was bombed in WW1 on Good Friday so there were several new windows after that. You will be delighted by the vaulted ceiling.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

This church is extremely significant in the history of Paris so it has plenty of artefacts to interest history buffs. What this church has and ores not so much is a strong sense of sanctuary from the craziness of the city. It has what seems to be a thriving religious community based here. Their religious music is renowned. Maybe this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

On a long walk though the area, we approached the church from the back and realized it was one we had never before visited. We entered and spotted a handful of sisters in their grey and white habits as well as a number of worshippers on their knees with their foreheads to the stone floor, praying. As we walked quietly... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

We found this gem as we strolled from Pont Neuf along Rue de Rivoli towards the Marais district. The great organ in this church is the oldest in any Parish church, some parts dating to the 15th century and associated with the musical family Couperin. I was stunned by the contemporary stained glass windows by Sylvie Gaudin and Claude Courageux.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

This is one of the most magical churches in Paris. It is certainly not the most famous. Around Christmas time they have singing nuns at around 6pm. The services are beautiful but anytime you visit will be the right time. It is also open late on Thursday nights. I highly recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

Probably not on most tourists' list of must-sees but this church is worth seeking out. We stumbled upon it on a Sunday and wondered if it was closed (not a single person on the streets outside the church) but when we opened the doors we were immediately greeted by the scent of incense and some of the most glorious singing... More 

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The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendour. This neighbourhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.
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