Paris: Church of Saint Germain-des-Pres
About the Church of Saint Germain-desPres:
From a historical perspective, the Church of Saint Germain-des-Pres is one of the most important churches in Paris.
It was founded in 542 for the purpose of housing a relic of the True Cross that had been brought back from the Holy Land. Although the relic was later moved to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Church retains its importance as a venue for concerts.
The church was ransacked on several occasions by the Normans and very little remains of the original building, other than a few of the columns. The church was re-built, enlarged and re-consecrated in 1163 by Pope Alexander III.
In addition to a regular schedule of Masses and devotions, St-Germain-des-Prés is noted for the Church’s wonderful acoustics and hosts concerts and recitals featuring Gregorian chant. The medieval atmosphere of the Church lends even more to the performances. If you have the opportunity, we highly recommend trying to attend one of these events.
Finding Saint Germain de Pres:
We recommend “Little Black Book of Paris” and “Streetwise Maps” to help you find your way.
There is a Paris metro stop almost directly across from the church. The church is also a short distance from the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal at Rue du Bac.
Address: 3 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris
GPS coordinates: 48° 51′ 14.3100” N, 2° 20′ 3.3360” E
Tel: +33 1 55 42 81 10 Fax : +33 01 46 33 15 05
Click here for the official website of the Church of Saint Germain de Pres (Website is in French–use Google translate).