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“Quite church”

Paroisse Saint-Eustache
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This huge cathedral represents a transition between Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Love this huge quite church next to bustling Les Halles. On a Sunday morning, it was empty. It is very old, and not restored like other churches in Paris.

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Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

This is an underrated site that is an architectural gem. The history and the art work from Ruebens to Keith Haring make this a must see

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Reviewed 30 January 2014

There are several very large, very old, very impressive religious structures in Paris. Probably the most famous is the cathedral of Notre Dame; of course; which is very impressive and always packed with tourists.

But only a notch or two below Notre Dame, physically, is st-Eustache, about 10 blocks away, Oddly, bizarrely, it is always virtually empty, forlorn, and forgotten. A tourist returning from Paris can brag that they saw Notre Dame; but if you state that you saw Saint-Eustache, only blank stares will meet you... except if the other person has also seen Saint-Eustache.

Especially, try to go there when some one is playing the organ. It's similar to the organ at Notre Dame (and also, St. Pat's in NYC); in other words, it's magnificent; and if you're very lucky, superb organists do occasionally exercise its pipes (and hit that 32hz bass note!).

When you go; take some time to appreciate just how spectacular this structure is; and ponder why you are probably standing there alone while doing so!

Seriously: the first time I went inside, I was alone and wondered if it was closed to the public and I wasn't supposed to be there. Some tourists poked their heads in; saw that it was "empty," and just walk off to see the next attraction.

2  Thank lee_2000_usa
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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.

1  Thank Ernesto M
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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.

Thank HiddenCaviar
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