The Church of Saint Pierre de Montmartre:
About Saint Pierre de Montmartre:
Overshadowed…and often overlooked….by the immense Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre, is the much older Church of Saint Pierre de Montmartre. This church was actually a place of worship to the pagan gods long before even the Romans came. A few columns of the ancient temple can be found here, incorporated into the building that was built between 1133-1147, making it one of the oldest churches in Paris.
It has been suggested that Saint Ignatius of Loyola took his final vows in this church, although there has been no evidence one way or the other.
It is a quiet place of refuge from the hustle and bustle of Montmartre. The Church is open daily from 7:45 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The Mass schedule is listed on their website.
How to find Saint Pierre du Montmartre:
Address: 2 Rue du Mont Cenis, 75018 Paris
GPS coordinates: 48° 53′ 12.0624” N, 2° 20′ 29.4000” E
Tel: +33 1-46-06-57-63
Click here for the official website of Saint Pierre de Montmartre.
A little-known fact: there is a vineyard here, Le Clos Montmartre, right in the heart of Paris. Dating from 1932, it is the last remaining vineyard in the city and still produces grapes and some 70 varieties of wine. It is located at the base of Montmartre, not far from the funicular. On the second weekend in October, they have the Fete des Venanges de Montmartre, a celebration of the local grape harvest that has taken place every year since 1934. It is an event not to be missed.