Paris, a city with numerous places of worship

Places of worship for different religions in Paris.

Ancienne abbaye royale du Val de Grace, Paris © OTCP - Daniel Thierry

Places of worship make up a significant part of Paris’s heritage. Testifying to the city’s history and its diverse religions, they draw large numbers of visitors; indeed, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sacré Cœur Basilica top the list of the most popular sights in Paris.

There are many Catholic churches among the several hundreds of places of worship open to worshippers, but there are also Protestant temples, synagogues and mosques too, notably the emblematic Grande Mosquée de Paris, the Grande Synagogue and the Buddhist Pagode de Vincennes.

The city’s religious diversity is matched by the historical and architectural variety of its places of worship. The Eglise de la Madeleine is atypical, without any crosses or bell towers. The Tour Saint-Jacques in the heart of Paris rises up in solitary splendour, as the adjoining church was destroyed after the French Revolution. The Eglise Saint-Eustache, considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in Paris, is remarkable for its unusually large dimensions. Services are held daily, as in most Paris churches.

Centre spirituel et culturel orthodoxe russe, vue du pont de l'Alma, Paris © Christophe Prévotat

The Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, built in 2016, is also one of these unusual buildings. With its five onion domes covered in gold leaf and uncluttered style, it is reminiscent of the imposing architecture of Moscow whilst remaining understated in elegance.

Of note: the largest pagoda in Europe was inaugurated at Evry in 2017 after more than 30 years of work. An exceptional building, without a doubt!

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris et son trésor

Place of worship
6 parvis Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II, Paris, 75004

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, is the most visited monument in France. It was built......

Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis

1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Saint-Denis, 93200

The last residence of the kings and queens of France. The earliest masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, a royal abbey and......

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre

Place of worship
Parvis du Sacré-Coeur - 35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre, Paris, 75018

The Sacré-Coeur, consecrated in 1919, is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. At the top of the Butte Montmarte, it has one......

Grande Mosquée de Paris

2 bis place du Puits-de-l'Ermite, Paris, 75005

Constructed between 1922 and 1926, the Mosquée de Paris is located in the Latin Quarter, a stone’s throw from Paris’s natural......

Grande Synagogue de Paris

Place of worship
44 rue de la Victoire, Paris, 75009

The Grande Synagogue de Paris, also known as the Synagogue de la Victoire, was inaugurated in 1874 and classified as a historic......

Église de la Madeleine

Place of worship
Place de la Madeleine, Paris, 75008

The Eglise de la Madeleine is situated between Place de la Concorde and the Palais Garnier opera house, in Haussmannian Paris.......

Tour Saint-Jacques

Square de la tour Saint-Jacques, Paris, 75004

The Tour Saint-Jacques stands alone in the middle of a little garden of the same name. A tower in the flamboyant Gothic style,......

Église Saint-Eustache

Place of worship
146 rue Rambuteau, Paris, 75001

The Eglise Saint-Eustache in the heart of Les Halles is one of the most visited churches in Paris. It is known for its unusually......

Église Saint-Sulpice

Place of worship
Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris, 75006

Built in the 17th century, with foundations from the 12th century, the Eglise Saint-Sulpice is one of the biggest churches in......