Eglise Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais, Paris

#48 of 214 in Historic Sites in Paris
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
One of the oldest churches in Paris, Eglise Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais is mentioned as early as the fourth century, though it assumed its present appearance in the 16th century. The church is best-known for employing the Couperin family--one of the most famous dynasties of French musicians--for more than two centuries. The organ used by Louis and François Couperin still sits inside the church today, built by the most famous organ building family, the Clicquots. That fact is remarkable, considering that on March 29, 1918, a German shell fell on the church during a Good Friday service. It collapsed the roof, killing 88 and wounding 68 others. This was the worst single incident involving a loss of civilian lives during the German bombardment of Paris in 1918. The church was rebuilt and refurbished after the war. Use our Paris online journey builder to visit Eglise Saint-Gervais Saint-Protais on your trip to Paris, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We walked past at about 6.30 on a Friday evening after walking along the banks of the Seine. As we had an hour before dinner we decided to see if it was open, as it looked quite closed up. Imagine...  more »
  • As I strolled along the River Seine, I decided to go past the Hotel de Ville and move into a different location in the Marais District and I by change walked into the Place Saint-Gervais and stepped.....  more »
  • I was lucky to have gone before there was any construction on it, I had to chance to see this amazing piece of work. I didn't go in, but the view it more than enough to enjoy. It is extremely crowded in the area as well
  • Nice quiet place in the heart of a loud, busy city. Even if you’re not praying, it’s nice to sit inside and enjoy the silence. In the afternoon, the sun really lights up the gorgeous windows.

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