Exploring Paris not only involves a walkthrough among its grand art galleries or splendid gardens, but spending time in its many monumental cathedrals and churches as well. The historical significance of the city is chiefly because these majestic cathedrals convey the splendor of ancient art and architecture. Visitors arriving on their Paris tours have given much importance to seeing these churches and have resulted in them labeled as popular tourist attractions.
Among the prominent churches in Paris, the Saint-Sulpice church or Eglise Saint-Sulpice remains mostly unknown to the visitors. The church is an architectural marvel in itself with a construction that differs from most other churches in Paris. Located in the middle of the sixth arrondissement of Paris, the Saint-Sulpice church is definitely worthy of a visit for every tourist seeking historic monuments spread across the city.
A Little History
The Saint-Sulpice church is known especially for its delay in construction that spanned for more than a century. The construction of the church actually started in the middle of the seventeenth century. The church is believed to be constructed on the site where a previous church stood that dates back to the thirteenth century. The delay in construction is mainly due to the unavailability of funds. However, it was only in the early eighteenth century that the construction was restarted and it was completed by the year 1780.
The Saint Sulpice church is a prime example of majestic architecture making it the second largest church in Paris after the Notre Dame Cathedral. The distinctive front façade of the church has elements of baroque architecture such as the colonnades, Doric, and Ionic columns. Designed by the French architect and decorator, Giovanni Servandoni, two towers known as the North and South Tower surround the colonnades of the church.
Inside the Saint-Sulpice Church
Admission is free at the Saint Sulpice church and remains open from 07:30 am to 07:30 pm. Upon entering the church, the lavish interiors will surely delight any visitor. Inside is housed one of the largest pipe organs in the world. The Da Vinci Code, a celebrated fictional work by Dan Brown, has references to the Saint-Sulpice church as the Paris Meridian and the gnomon.
The Saint-Sulpice church has a collection of popular paintings made by Eugene Delacroix such as the ‘Jacob Wrestling with the Angel’ and ‘Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple’. The pulpit made from oak, the nave, and the grand fountain known as the Fontaine des Quatre Points Cardinaux are the other elements of interest to see in the Saint-Sulpice church.