Paris has some of the most attractive and sacred worship places in Europe. This includes the famous Notre Dame Cathedral to the Grande Mosque de Paris. There are also several lesser-known places of religious importance, spread out across the French capital. These should not be missed while you are on your Paris Tours as they highlight the aesthetic legacy of the city in full measure. Below are some of the most important places of worship in Paris.
A trip to Paris would be incomplete without a visit to this Gothic Cathedral. This is one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture across the globe. The iconic building was started in the year 1163 and the construction phase took over 170 years. It is located in the heart of the city at Ile de la Cite. Tourists from all over the world flock the building and admire its twin towers that rise 70 meters into the Parisian sky. The glory of the building was brought out through a bestselling book by Victor Hugo. However, the French Revolution and World War II brought irreplaceable damage to the building. Today, there are several guided tours available at the place to help you gain perspective of the church.
The Grande Mosquée De Paris
This is the largest mosque in France and is situated in the fifth arrondissement. It is the second largest in all of Europe. There is a lot of historic legacies attached to the place which makes it a center of attention for tourists. The place was built as a gesture of gratitude to the Muslim soldiers. The mosque was assigned to Algeria in 1957. Note that the mosque played a pivotal role in saving numerous lives during the Holocaust of World War II. They provoded shelter and fake certificates to Jews who sought protection at the place.
The Église Saint-Louis-en-l’Île is a church located in the 4th arrondissement of the French capital and is a testament to the classical and baroque style of architecture. It was built in 1664 replacing an earlier church and was completed by 1726. There are several attractions such as the bell tower and the modern clock housed in it. This remains perpendicular to the adjoining street and it stays strong since 1741. Besides, the church has preserved the works of several legendary artists such as “St. Francis room” by Noël Hallé (18th century), “Annunciation” by Fra Angelico, and “The Supper at Emmaus” by Coypel (1746).
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste De Belleville
Église Saint-Jean Baptiste or the Saint Jean Baptiste Church of Belleville is yet another Gothic church located in the 19th arrondissement of the French Capital. It was initially constructed in 1548. However, it was later renovated in 1635. This is also one of the oldest neo-Gothic churches in Paris. The major attractions include gigantic spires, stained glass windows, and looming arches. As it is situated in one of the lesser-known areas of the city. Therefore, you can see the place in silence and devoid of the crowds that usually fill other major spots of the city.
Cathedral Saint Alexandre Nevski
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral or the Cathédrale Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky is situated in the 12 Rue Daru of Paris and is a prominent Russian Orthodox cathedral church. It was built back in 1861 and is the first Russian Orthodox church in the country. During the initial stage of construction, Tsar Alexander II contributed 200,000 francs, which proved crucial in its course. Pablo Picasso married his first wife Olga Khokhlova, in this place with Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, and Jean Cocteau paying witness to the event. The place was proclaimed a national monument in 1983 and is a great place to visit on your Paris tours.
Grande Synagogue De Paris
The Grande Synagogue de Paris is the official place of the chief rabbi of the city. The synagogue opened its doors in 1874 and it has a capacity of 1800 people. The classic design of the building was made by Alfred-Philibert Aldrophe (1834–1895), who is also behind the Versailles Synagogue and the Enghien-Les-Bains. For the Jewish community of the French capital, this place serves as the spiritual capital. There are group tours organized from Monday to Friday.
Église Saint-Sulpice is a church for the Roman Catholic in Paris. It is situated in a place above the rue Bonaparte in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. The place is famous as the second largest church in the French capital. Its construction began in 1646. One of the chief causes of its popularity is the mention of the place in the Dan Brown novel, Da Vinci Code. In the 18th century, it welcomed the Gnomon of Saint-Sulpice. Today, tourists come in large numbers to visit this place. It is yet another place that you have to visit on your Paris City Tours.