The oldest church in Paris, founded in the year 542 by King Childebert

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Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris

The oldest church in Paris, founded in the year 542 by King Childebert.

The oldest church in Paris, founded in the year 542 by King Childebert. The church as it exists today dates mainly from the 11th century, the period in which it became the center of a powerful Benedictine abbey. The Revolution witnessed the suppression of the abbey in 1794, when most of the monastic buildings were put to the torch. Earlier, 318 priests had been hacked to death nearby by a mob on 3 September 1792. The church underwent significant restoration in the 19th century, ensuring the preservation of the building, which by that date represented a fascinating mix of styles: 6th century marble columns placed alongside Gothic vaults and supported by Romanesque arches. Famous burials within the church include René Descartes (philosopher), Nicolas Boileau (poet) and King John Casimir of Poland, who had become (in 1669, before his death) abbot of the church's monastery.


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About Saint-Germain-des-Pres

 3 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France

 +33 1 55 42 81 10

 www.eglise-sgp.org

Saint-Germain-des-Pres and Nearby Sights on Map

Boulevard St. Germain

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Louvre Museum

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Musee de l'Armee

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