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.
Most of the 230 places of worship in the French capital are Catholic churches, but there are also several Protestant churches as well as synagogues and mosques, 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.