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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A great walk on the Blvd Saint Germain until a quiet square. Gothic style, but at humane proportion. Wonderful architecture. more »
First visit Nov 2019. To be clear, in any other city this would not only be worthy of 5 stars it might be the absolute star of the show. On this visit there were renovations underway that will... more »
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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