Paris, a city with numerous places of worship

Places of worship for different religions in Paris.

Eglise Saint-Eustache, vue du jardin des Halles, Paris © Fotolia - Delphimages

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.

Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis Adhérent

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

The Royal Basilica of Saint-Denis was part of a prosperous and powerful abbey during the Middle Ages and was the first monumental......

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre

Place of worship
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 Synagogue de la Victoire, was inaugurated in 1874 and classed as a historical......

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, 75001

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
2 impasse Saint-Eustache, 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......