The Basilica of Saint Clotilde is a basilica church in Paris, located on the Rue Las Cases, in the area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It is best known for its imposing twin spires.Arrange your visit to Basilique Sainte Clotilde and discover more family-friendly attractions in Paris using our Paris route app.
Construction of the church was first mooted by the Paris City Council on 16 February 1827. It was designed by architect F. C. Gau of Cologne in a neo-Gothic style. Work began in 1846, but Gau died in 1853, and the job was continued by Théodore Ballu who completed the church in 1857. It was opened on 30 November 1857 by Cardinal Morlot. The church was declared a minor basilica by Pope Leo XIII in 1896.
This neo-gothic basilica is marked by its two towers 69 meters high.
The interior is clear and there are stained glass windows by Thibaut (a 19th century glassmaker), paintings by Jules Eugène Lenepveu, sculptures by James Pradier and Francisque Joseph Duret. A series of sculptures by Jean-Baptiste Claude Eugène Guillaume representing the conversion of Valerie of Limoges, her condemnation to death, decapitation and the appearance of Saint Martial.
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I love going into basiliques to appreciate the architecture and beauty of the buildings. This one had a surprising feature that I have never seen. There were rows of small children-sized chairs... more »
We were on our way towards downtown and just happened to walk down this street. The church was open so we went in, charming and simply beautiful. Worth a look. more »
This beautiful church was sadly closed when we visited so we didn't get to see it from inside. There are few benches in the courtyard to enjoy a coffee overlooking the church.
Charming sun light through stained glass windows in the late afternoons, quiet and hiden , we were alone almost all time visiting! You can see and understand the logic of gothic arhitecture in such a moment in the right place, the light is sacro and how could feel medieval chridtians the holly spirit in the church in the same way!
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