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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  • This is a very special Catholic Church that is being reconstructed over several years. It is about halfway restored and is amazing! As you walk though with reverence, you will be in awe of the archite...  more »
  • It is located in this nice district of Paris, and in front of the Metro Station of the same name. It is a former Benedictine abbey dating back to the mid-VIdC century, and has undergone numerous renovations over time. It contains the relics of Saint German, who was Bishop of Paris; and also the tomb of the French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes.
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  • For a long time I had not come ... After renovations this abbey has become a magnificent feast of eyes... In any marriage of blue with golden yellow.... And don't forget: visit there to take architectural photos
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