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Paris, France

The famed flying buttresses of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. Photo © Sacred Destinations.

Paris is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world for good reason. Beautiful architecture, historical sites, top-notch museums, fabulous food, romantic strolls by the river... Paris has it all, including plenty for travelers interested in religious art and history. The capital city has played a key role in Roman, Christian and Jewish history and this heritage lives on in the cathedrals, monuments and artifacts these more devout times left behind. In addition, as a thriving urban center, Paris hosts a variety of newly-arrived religious communities including Muslims, Buddhists, Jehovah's Witnesses and Pentecostals. Follow a link below to explore the spiritual heritage of Paris.

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Sacred Sites and Religious Attractions in Paris

  • Chapel of the Miraculous Medal
    This Catholic shrine marks the site of three appearances of the Virgin Mary in 1830, which revealed the design for a protective medal.
  • La Madeleine
    Dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, this church was originally designed as a temple to the glory of Napoleon's army.
  • Paris Mosque
    This pink marble mosque was built in 1922 to honor the North African countries that had helped France during WW I. It is decorated with mosaics, wood carvings and wrought iron brought from Morocco.
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
    One of the most famous cathedrals in the world, this Gothic beauty is a must-see for its historical importance and magnificent artworks.
  • Panthéon
    This church was originally part of an abbey dedicated to St. Genevieve, but since the 18th century it has served primarily as a burial place for French heroes.
  • Sacré-Coeur Basilica
    This 19th-century basilica and landmark is built over the place to which St. Denis is said to have carried his own head after his martyrdom.
  • Sainte-Chapelle
    Famed for its stained glass, this beautiful 13th-century Gothic chapel was built by King Louis IX as a royal chapel to house important relics of Christ.
  • St-Denis Basilica
    The imposing Basilique St-Denis is notable for its early Gothic architecture and its history as a burial site of French monarchs.
  • St-Etienne-du-Mont
    This church stands on the site of an abbey founded by Clovis and dedicated to Geneviève, the patroness of Paris. It still receives pilgrims today.
  • St-Germain-des-Prés
    Built to house a relic of the True Cross brought from Spain in 542, this church was so powerful in the Middle Ages that it became a town within a town.
  • St-Germain l'Auxerrois
    When the Louvre was still a royal palace, this was its church. It accordingly drew an assortment of royalty, courtesans, men of art and law, and local artisans.
  • St-Pierre-de-Montmartre
    One of the oldest churches in Paris, St-Pierre-de-Montmartre was consecrated in 1147. Inside the Romanesque church are 7th-century capitals and an early ribbed vault.
  • St-Sulpice
    This huge - at one time the largest in Paris - Late Baroque church is located in the fashionable neighborhood of Saint-Sulpice.
  • St-Clotilde
    The most fashionable church in 19th-century Paris, this basilica dedicated to a saintly French queen is best known for its imposing twin spires.