The beauty of Paris is intimately linked with the many beautiful churches in all districts. Notre Dame along the river and the Sacre Coeur on Montmartre hill are the most famous. Discover the many churches in the city that are really worth the visit.
The catholic church has played a key role in Paris history since the baptism of King Clovis. In 496, King Clovis was baptized by Bishop Remi in Rheims, the capital of Champagne. Clovis was the first Christian French King. Clovis established the City of Lights as the capital of France in 508. Christianity is everywhere visible in the city. Many churches from the 11th century up to the 21st century embellish the city and structure its spiritual life.
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Notre-Dame, Sacre Coeur and Sainte Chapelle are rightly world famous. Saint-Etienne du Mont, Saint Eustache, Saint-Gervais, Notre Dame des Victoires, Saint Roch, Val de Grace and Saint Denis Cathedral deserve a visit.
These churches are not just great monuments. Christianity is very alive in the city. Check Paris mass times.
Sainte Chapelle (no masses)
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Saint Germain des Pres
Saint Eustache web site (Paris map)
2 impasse Saint-Eustache 75001 Paris
Saint Etienne du Mont web site (Paris map)
Place Sainte Genevieve 75005 Paris
Saint Gervais web site (Paris map)
Place Saint Gervais 75004 Paris
Saint Sulpice web site (Paris map)
Pace Saint Sulpice 75006 Paris
Notre Dame des Victoires web site (Paris map)
Place des Petits-Pères 75002 Paris
Saint Roch web site (Paris map)
296 rue Saint Honore, 75001 Paris
Val de Grace
Place Alphonse Laveran 75005 Paris
Christian faith is most visible at the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal with its 2 million pilgrims yearly, at Sacre Coeur with its daily night adoration, at Notre Dame des Victoires and Saint-Louis d'Antin, two always on communities. The Saint Germain des Pres Catholic Community is very active, including the well known Even student programme.
Go to Notre-Dame Cathedral, a perfect shrine for god's prayer, to attend Sunday 10am mass sung in Gregorian.
Paris concert halls regularly stage great religious music.
The only Catholic masses in English in the city are held at St Joseph's Church, the english speaking catholic church of the City of Lights. Founded in 1863, it is staffed by priests of the Congregation of the Passion and located 50, avenue Hoche 75008 near Champs Elysees. Paris map.
Masses: Saturday - 11am, 6.30pm, Sunday - 9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 6.30pm, Monday through Friday - 8.30am, July & August - Sunday 10am, 12.00 noon and 6.30pm. Web site
If you have some time to spend in France besides Paris, we can recommend you a few great pilgrimage places. First of all, Lourdes is a faithful pilgrimage city. Count two days from Paris. See Lourdes details.
Close to the city, Chartres is one of the most beautiful Catholic Cathedrals in Europe and a fervent pilgrimage destination. There is a possibility to go to famous Mont Saint Michel or Vezelay Basilica on a tour from Paris.