Gothic Churches to Visit in the City of Lights

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Paris is a city that boasts of some of the most beautiful churches and sanctuaries. Among these churches, there are many Gothic styled ones, out of which, the most famous one is the Notre-Dame Cathedral. All the churches are located within the limits of the districts of Paris that were originally encircled by the wall of Philip Augustus. The list of Gothic churches shared below would help you explore some of these exquisite sites during your Paris city tours.

Notre-Dame Cathedral

Located at the banks of the Seine River and towering the Île de la Cité, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the biggest examples of French Gothic architecture, owing to the monumental dimensions of the building. The flying buttresses, stained glass windows, the statues and the sculptures, all of them add to the Gothic beauty of the cathedral.

Saint-Séverin

This church is located in the fifth arrondissement, and was built between the thirteenth to the fifteenth century in Flamboyant Gothic style. This is one of the oldest churches on the Left Bank of the Seine River and is much famous for the pillars of the church that are shaped like a palm tree. The interior of Saint-Séverin church features stained glass windows and the exterior is decorated with many gargoyles.

Sainte-Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle is situated in the heart of Paris and is a classic gem of Gothic style architecture. This medieval church was built between the periods 1242 to 1248. The magnificent and stunning stained glass windows of the Sainte-Chapelle are the oldest in the city of Paris. The exterior of the Rayonnant Gothic styled church is quite sober and uncomplicated.

Sainte Clotilde Basilica

This basilica is situated in the 7th arrondissement and was built in the 19th century. The symmetrical twin spires of the church are visible from many places all over the city of Paris. This cathedral was consecrated on November 30, 1857 by Cardinal Morlot and was dedicated to St. Clotilde, who is the wife of Clovis, and St. Valerie, who is a martyr maid.

Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois

Located in the 1st arrondissement, just opposite to the east wing of the Louvre museum, the Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois is a church that must be included in your Louvre guided tour itinerary. It was built between 12th and 15th centuries and has served as the parish hall of the French kings who resided in the then Louvre Palace. This church is linked to the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre that took place on August 23-24, 1572, in which numerous Protestants were assassinated.