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  • 1. Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

    Montmartre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    It's hard not to feel as though you're ascending to heaven when you visit Sacred Heart Basilica, the white castle in the sky, perched atop Montmartre...Read More

  • 2. Notre-Dame

    Ile de la Cité | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Looming above Place du Parvis, this Gothic sanctuary is the symbolic heart of Paris and, for many, of France itself. Napoléon was crowned here...Read More

  • 3. Sainte-Chapelle

    Ile de la Cité | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built by the obsessively pious Louis IX (1214–70), this Gothic jewel is home to the oldest stained-glass windows in Paris. The chapel was constructed...Read More

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  • 4. Agoudas Hakehilos Synagogue

    Marais Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Art Nouveau genius Hector Guimard built this unique synagogue (also called Synagogue de la Rue Pavée) in 1913 for a Polish-Russian Orthodox...Read More

  • 5. American Church

    Eiffel Tower | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Not to be confused with the American Cathedral, across the river at 23 avenue George V, this pretty neo-Gothic Protestant church was built between...Read More

  • 6. Basilique de St-Denis

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between 1136 and 1286, St-Denis Basilica is one of the most important Gothic churches in France. It was here, under dynamic prelate Abbé...Read More

  • 7. Chapelle Expiatoire (Atonement Chapel)

    Grands Boulevards | Garden

    Commissioned in 1815, this neoclassical temple marks the original burial site of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. After the deposed monarchs...Read More

  • 8. Église de la Madeleine

    Louvre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With its rows of uncompromising columns, this enormous neoclassical edifice in the center of Place de la Madeleine was consecrated as a church...Read More

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  • 9. Église St-Germain-l'Auxerrois

    Louvre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 500 AD, this grand church across from the Louvre's eastern end is one of the city's oldest. It was destroyed during the Norman siege...Read More

  • 10. Église St-Merry

    Marais Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This impressive Gothic church, in the shadow of the Centre Pompidou, was completed in 1550. Notable features include the turret (it contains...Read More

  • 11. La Grande Mosquée de Paris

    Latin Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This awe-inspiring white mosque, built between 1922 and 1926, has tranquil arcades and a minaret decorated in the style of Moorish Spain. Enjoy...Read More

  • 12. Saint Jean L'Evangéliste de Montmartre

    Montmartre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This eye-catching church with a compact Art Nouveau interior was the first modern house of worship built in Paris (1897–1904) and the first...Read More

  • 13. St-Étienne-du-Mont

    Latin Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This jewel box of a church has been visited by several popes paying tribute to Ste-Geneviève (the patron saint of Paris), who was buried here...Read More

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  • 14. St-Eustache

    Louvre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built as the market neighborhood's answer to Notre-Dame, this massive church is decidedly squeezed into its surroundings. Constructed between...Read More

  • 15. St-Julien-le-Pauvre

    Latin Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This tiny shrine in the shadow of Notre-Dame is one of the three oldest churches in Paris. Founded in 1045, it became a meeting place for university...Read More

  • 16. St-Louis-en-L'Ile

    Île Saint-Louis | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    You can't miss the unusual lacy spire of this church as you approach the Ile St-Louis; it's the only church on the island and there are no other...Read More

  • 17. St-Paul–St-Louis

    Marais Quarter | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The leading Baroque church in the Marais, its dome rising 180 feet above the crossing, was begun in 1627 by the Jesuits, who modeled it after...Read More

  • 18. St-Pierre de Montmartre

    Montmartre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Tucked in the shadow of mighty Sacré-Coeur is one of the oldest churches in Paris. Built in 1147 on the site of a 5th-century temple to the...Read More

  • 19. Tour Saint-Jacques

    Louvre | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    For centuries, this 170-foot bell tower guided pilgrims to a starting point of the Chemin de Saint Jacques (the Way of Saint James). Built in...Read More

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