Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is world famous but the City of Light has other gothic churches too which are worth a visit especially when on Paris tours on foot. Below is a list of five cathedrals, which you may not want to miss adding to your Louvre guided tour schedule.
Église de la Sainte Trinité
Église de la Sainte Trinité at Place d’Estienne d’Orves square was designed by Frenchman Théodore Ballu and was constructed during Haussmann’s renovation of Paris city, commissioned originally by French President Napoléon III. The elaborate entranceway of the Roman Catholic Church is topped off with a dome towering over the Place d’Estienne-d’Orves Church and features sculptors denoting hope, faith, and charity. The architecture of the church is symbolic of the Revival Style.
Viewable from the grant steps of La Madeleine Church, this church in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris is also a creation of Haussmann’s renovation. The design by French artist Victor Baltard was inspired by both Romanesque Architecture and Byzantine art from Roman Empire. The church scales some 200 meters overall including half the meter high dome which can be seen from miles apart the 1 Avenue César Caire lane.
The Benedictine abbey is a much coveted landmark right in the midst of 6th arrondissement of the French capital. The Catholic Church has a historical important being one of the oldest abbeys in the City of Lights, which Haussmann used to pave way for Boulevard Saint-Germain Street on the left flanks of the River Seine. However, the remains of the church are undergoing a renovation at present to revert the interiors of the abbey in all its past glory.
Right next to Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés resides the Saint-Sulpice featuring its unorthodox entranceway replete with a row of columns and mismatched towers. The church is iconic for featuring in ‘The Da Vinci Code’, and features 3 iconic artworks of Eugène Delacroix which was restored recently by the authorities.
Saint-Eustache church earned its repute thanks to the largest pipe organ nationwide comprising of 8000 pipes and even surpassing Notre Dame and Saint Sulpice. The church was constructed in 1532, was reinstated in 1840, and features a gothic façade reminiscent of Renaissance style and classic adobes.