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“Simply amazing!”

Paroisse Saint-Eustache
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Ranked #67 of 1,107 things to do in Paris
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This huge cathedral represents a transition between Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
Milawa, Australia
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“Simply amazing!”
Reviewed 30 January 2014

I read about this church, so we thought we would check it out. As usual, we got lost. So when we turned a corner and it appeared before us, we stopped dead in our tracks. This church is truly beautiful. Maybe not on the same scale as Notre Dame but not without its own charm. Once inside, you are struck by the usual feeling you get when you walk into these lovely old churches. Tranquility and serenity that belies the history of events that happened here. Louis XIV had his first communion here. Mozart attended the funeral mass of his mother here and apparently Voltaire is buried here. Don't miss the free Sunday organ performance. The organ is France's largest.

Visited December 2013
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“Nice Church”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

This is a grand church within Paris and not far from some of the central shopping streets of Les Halles. But the area around can be both good and bad so keep a close eye on your belongings as it can be one of the few places within central Paris where I feel unsafe.

Visited December 2013
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“Not impressed”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

We went to see this church because of its history and significance. It's of gothic architecture so it's pretty awesome looking and even though it's interesting to see I would not recomment St-Eustache being your priority. There's not all that much to see and some other churches are way more interesting and impresive.

Visited October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Gothic exuberance and sunny skies.”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

This church for me,is the best masterpiece of Parisian gothic architecture. Its in the 1st arrondissement,situated between Les Halles (markets) and the begining of rue Montorgueil. Set in a surround of greenery,it is a knockout building.
Louis XIV,Richelieu,Madame de Pompodour,Moliere and Motzart,as well as, Anne of Austria have had last rites,funerals,communions, baptisms and marriages conducted within its hallowed halls. It is named in memory of St-Eustache,a Roman Catholic general who was burnt at the stake for his conversion to christianity.
We found tourist info onsite that said,that during the French revolution,the church was desecrated,looted and used as a barn. there are several impressive Ruben's paintings hung on the walls and each summer,organ concerts are conducted within. wish i could i could be here than.
It is one of the most visited churches in Paris,no doubt because its considered one of the most beautiful religious monuments in the capital. thanks to the richness of the works it houses. Although it is a goth structure,it has renaissance detail throughout. Even though it is only 105 m long,its interior is 33.5 m high to the vaulting. the left tower is complete renaissance style while the right tower remains a stump.
it has a nave of five bays and a choir aisle with 24 chapels. The cupola on top reaches a hight of 58 m. You will notice that the front and rear aspects provide a remarkable contrast between exuberant and sober facade. beautiful stained glass windows allow a dramatic wash in lighting. outside the church towards the southern facade,you will look deeply at the L'ecoute sculpture by Henri de Miller with another sculpture made of silver,stands in the chapel in memory of the Aids epidemic deaths of the 1980's.
But the real star of the show,is the largest pipe organ in France with 8000 pipes. Its bigger than the one in Saint Sulpice and Notre Dame de Paris. Catch the metro to Les Halles. You are not far from Centre Pompidou.
lastly, sitting on the grass with blue skies above, the sun streaking down,peanut butter sandwich in hand.... what could be better?

Visited November 2012
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We happened upon this huge church quite by accident and decided to head in for a quick look. Glad we did! It feels enormous inside, bigger than Notre Dame in some respects (I don't know if it actually is - it's apparently 2nd overall in Paris, after ND), particularly in height. This may be a result of the church's thin plot creating an optical illusion, but it is magnificent regardless. It probably also helps that the church was essentially empty besides us; quite the contrast from Notre Dame.

That said, the church clearly needs a lot of work. The front is being held up with massive steel girders, and the majority of the artwork inside is grimy and needs restoration. There is a lot of building work in the area and hopefully there is a plan in place to improve the state of the church once that is finished - it certainly deserves to be tidied up and seen by many more than it is now.

Visited September 2013
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