Cathedrals, Churches and Cemeteries in Paris

Paris' churches are among the most beautiful buildings in the city.

The most famous is undoubtably Notre-Dame on the Ile de la Cite. While there are no hunchbacks, it's a gothic masterpiece and the detail of the building is remarkable.

The next "big name" cathedral is Sacre Coeur. Although it lacks autheticity - it's a mish-mash of different architecture styles and doesn't hold the "sacred heart" - I think it sits well on the top of its hill. Montmartre is well worth visiting, so there's no reason not to visit Sacre Coeur on your Paris Sightseeing trip.

If you're looking for something that's truly authentic, then try Sainte-Chapelle. It was built in the 13th century by King Louis IX and was his royal chapel. Sainte-Chapelle is famous for its beautiful stained glass windows.

Over on the left bank (Latin Quarter), sightseers can find two outstanding churches: St-Germain-des-Pres and St-Sulpice. The St Germain church is the older of the two (12th century) and is said to be home to a piece of the cross.

St-Sulpice is far more ostentatious. It's the second largest church in Paris (just a little bit smaller than Notre Dame). In the last few years, it's been attracting increased interest because of its appearance in the "Da Vinci Code".

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