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Last Updated: 20 March 2024

Paris boasts over one hundred churches and sanctuaries. Among them are a fair number of Gothic style edifices with the most famous being Notre-Dame Cathedral. This is the list of our favourite Gothic churches in Paris, all of them standing within the limit of the oldest districts of Paris originally encircled by the medieval wall of Philip Augustus.


Gothic Churches in Paris


Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame cathedral, Paris © French Moments
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris © French Moments

Towering the Île de la Cité and the banks of the River Seine, Notre-Dame Cathedral is considered a leading example of French Gothic architecture for its monumental dimensions, fine stained-glass windows, audacious flying buttresses and rich sculptures and statues. The cathedral played and still plays an integral part in the history of Paris and France, from its construction in the 12th century to now.

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Sainte-Chapelle seen from Notre-Dame © French Moments
Sainte-Chapelle seen from Notre-Dame © French Moments

With its stunning stained glass, the Sainte-Chapelle is a gem of Gothic architecture in the heart of Paris. Part of the complex of the Palais de Justice in the 1st arrondissement, the medieval chapel was built between 1242 and 1248. Its magnificent stained-glass windows are among the oldest in Paris.

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The Interior of Saint-Séverin church, Fifth arrondissement of Paris © French Moments
The Interior of Saint-Séverin church, Paris © French Moments

Situated in the 5th arrondissement, Saint-Séverin was built from the 13th to the 15th centuries, mainly in Flamboyant Gothic style. The sanctuary is one of the oldest churches on the Left Bank and is famous for its pillar, which is shaped like a palm tree. The interior features some beautiful stained-glass windows while many gargoyles ornate the exterior.


Sainte Clotilde Basilica

Sainte Clotilde Basilica, Paris © French Moments
The façade of the basilica © French Moments

The Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde in the 7th arrondissement is the only church on our list to have been built in the 19th century, long after the Middle-Ages era. Its soaring symmetrical twin spires are visible from many points all over Paris. The church was consecrated on the 30th of November 1857 by Cardinal Morlot and dedicated to St. Clotilde – wife of Clovis – and St. Valerie, a martyr maid from Limoges.

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Saint-Merry from Tour Saint-Jacques © French Moments

Near the Centre Pompidou stands the Gothic church of Saint-Merry in the 4th arrondissement. The church was built between 1515 and 1612 in Flamboyant Gothic style.



Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais Chevet © French Moments

Situated in the 4th arrondissement, Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais was built in Flamboyant Gothic from 1494. Work ended in the 17th century with the addition of Classicism features such as the façade.



Saint-Étienne-du-Mont © French Moments
Saint-Étienne-du-Mont © French Moments

Next to the Panthéon stands Saint-Étienne-du-Mont in the 5th arrondissement. Construction of the church started in 1494 on the Hill of Sainte-Geneviève. The dominant styles are Flamboyant Gothic and Renaissance. It is the only church in Paris that has kept its rood screen intact.



Saint-Germain-Auxerrois Paris © French Moments
Saint-Germain-Auxerrois Paris © French Moments

Situated in the 1st arrondissement opposite the east wing of the Louvre, Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois was built between the 12th and the 15th centuries. It served as the parish church of the kings of France who resided across the street in the Louvre Palace. The church is associated with the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre on the night of the 23-24 August 1572, when 5,000 to 30,000 protestants were assassinated.



Saint-Eustache from Tour Saint-Jacques © French Moments
Saint-Eustache from Tour Saint-Jacques © French Moments

In the heart of the neighbourhood of Les Halles (1st arrondissement), Saint-Eustache was built from 1532 to 1633. Its structure is in Gothic style, but its western façade is in Renaissance style. The church is incomplete, as one of the two façade towers was never built.



Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs © French Moments
Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs © French Moments

Situated in the 3rd arrondissement, Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs was built in the 12th century and restored in the 15th and 17th centuries. The church is mainly in Flamboyant Gothic style.

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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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