Known for its iconic façade with mismatched towers, Fontaine Saint-Sulpice has an unusual architectural history. It has a Romanesque foundation and a Baroque interior, and holds the Gnomon of Saint-Sulpice--an astronomical measurement device used to determine the position of the sun in the sky. The church has a long-standing tradition of inviting talented organists to play its 18th-century Great Organ, which has a rich palette of sounds. Inside, on either side of the entrance, are the two halves of an enormous shell (Tridacna gigas) given to King Francis I by the Venetian Republic. The shells function as fonts for holy water, resting on rock-like bases sculpted by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, who also sculpted a large white marble statue of Mary in the Lady Chapel. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Fontaine Saint-Sulpice and many more Paris attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Paris tour app.
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This is quite a lovely church. We paid a quick visit while on our way to another sight. It is a large building and we loved the architecture. It is worth a visit if you enjoy visiting churches or you.... more »
In November 2019, I saw for the very first time Verdi's Requiem here. The acoustics were beyond what I had anticipated. Not only the history and stunning interior of this church was extraordinary... more »
Love it! You can spend days admiring all the details.
Love this church! If you're a fan of Jesus, you will love this one! The immensity and the beauty of this church are not to be missed. I want to return to get a better experience when I have more time...
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