Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, Paris

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Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montmartre--where the vows were taken that led to the founding of the Society of Jesus--is one of the area's two main churches. Stained glass fills the windows. The transept and choir are beautifully Romanesque. Four marble Roman columns with Merovingian capitals stand tall in the church. Head up to the dome for an aerial view of the surroundings. Put Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montmartre at the forefront of your travel plans using our Paris day trip planning app .
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  • Behind the Sacre Coeur is a much more modest location, one of the oldest churches in Paris, named after Sankt Peter. It is not the original church from 1147, we see today. There was originally a monastery attached to this church. Saint Pierre with the monastery was destroyed during the French Revolution, but it was decided to restore it so that the original Romanesque church is now constructed in the Gothic style. Unlike the heavily visited Sacre Coeur basilica, it is possible to find tranquility and contemplation in this beautiful church.
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  • As a neighbor of the famous Basilique Sacre-Coeur, Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, Montmartre's oldest church, and one of the oldest churches in Paris, is built in 1147. However, the church was not the first on the spot. A Merovingean basilica, mentioned in written sources around 850, existed much earlier here, and of this church you can still see some pillars of small caps. Remnants of the Merovingian cemetery were found by archaeological excavations in 1875. The church was originally in Romanesque style, but was gradually rebuilt in the Gothic style. During the French Revolution, the associated monastery was destroyed, and also parts of the church were raged and destroyed, among other things, the crypt, which made it impossible for modern archaeologists to determine the timing of the construction of the first church on the site. The nuns in the then monastery were arrested and some of them came under the guillotine. From 1803, the church was put into use again, now as a parish church, after it had been used as Temple de la Raison for some years. In the second part of the 1800 century, Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre was forgotten. In a few years, attention was paid to the Basilique Sacré-Cour, and as it turned out that Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre was about to collapse, the discussion arose as to whether there was any reason to preserve the church now that it had been given a much larger church Next door. In 1897, it was decided that Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre was to be renovated and preserved, and this renovation took place from 1900 – 1905. After the Second World War, the church had inserted new colored church panes. On the internet tells a very comprehensive article from Wikipedia about the long, intricate but very exciting history of the Saint-Pierre de Montmartre. When you are at Montmartre, it is obvious to walk in and see this stylish church with its ancient history.
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  • Beautiful church steeped in rich history. A student/volunteer with excellent English gave us a fascinating tour. It wasn't busy the day we were there. I think this gem could be overlooked in favour of Sacre Coeur. Keep an eye out for it, you won't be disappointed.
  • What a treat for us to stumble upon this wonderful chapel! Like many tourists, we came to Montmartre to visit Sacre Coeur, and yes, that was nice, but this was totally unplanned, completely caught us by surprise, and blew our little minds. This is the oldest chapel in the area, but still so well kept, anybody can just walk in without paying an entrance fee and get the same spiritual vibe as Sacre Coeur. This one is less visited, and probably lesser known, but that doesn't mean it's any less beautiful. We totally enjoyed the interior space, the decorations, and the courtyard where there is a metal door hiding the monks' quarters behind it. I probably would recommend this place over the Sacre Coeur any day.
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