Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris

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Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres is all that remains of a sixth-century abbey of the same name, destroyed during the French Revolution. With royal patronage, it soon became one of the wealthiest abbeys in France, as well as a center for scholars. King Childebert I commissioned the abbey and church to house. The abbey got its named from Childebert's close advisor and the Bishop of Paris, Germain--who was later canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Among its claims to fame are the facts that Louis-César de Bourbon, son of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan, was an abbot here and that philosopher René Descartes was buried here. To visit Abbaye de Saint-Germain-des-Pres and other attractions in Paris, use our Paris travel planner .
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  • We have here the oldest Abbey in the city. It is simple, it dates from the son of Clovis, even if the oldest elements that can still be observed today date back to the 10th century. A beautiful Colonnade of marble skirts the nave on both sides, pierced by beautiful Romanesque arcades enhanced with murals equally admirable, and the nail is perhaps the incredible ceiling starry in the most pure Medieval Gothic style. As unfortunately many buildings, it was somewhat ransaged by the revolutionaries (what a wonderful time...), but was brilliantly renovated afterwards. She was also a Basilica and I cannot tell if she still has that status. You have to take the trouble to discover it, it is splendid.
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  • This ancient church is beautiful, albeit dingy, on the outside, but the interior is a beautiful medieval masterpiece. No charge for admission. Steps away from a Metro station.  more »
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