A Christian Tour in Paris

Christian Tour in Paris : There are more than a hundred of churches in Paris, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox… Come and see our beautiful, discreet, old, modern, huge and famous churches. Churches, basilica, cathedral, they tell us spirituality and history. They bring us sacred masterpieces within amazing architecture. They also tell us a lot about Christian kings of France.

A Spiritual Tour in Paris

As a Catholic woman, I would like to share my Faith with travelers in Christian unity. You can enjoy a wonderful Christian themed trip here in Paris and unique spiritual experiences. Let me share with you my “10 Commandments” :

1- Loving God in Paris by living a shared experience
2- Glorify the Faith of travelers in search of God
3- Welcome travelers as they are in their Faith
4- Patronize travelers to the liturgy in Parisian churches
5- To amaze travelers in their thirst for God
6- Reviving the faith of travelers in search of God
7- Answer questions from travelers in their spiritual battle
8- Living together the Love of Christ in prayer and meditation
9- Discover the history of the Church of France in the Parisian way
10- Take inspiration from Saints and theologians of the Paris Church or France

I will give you a Christian Tour within Paris the way you want it. It could be going together to a mass, lighting a candle and praying in one of our beautiful churches, discovering amazing spiritual theologians, Saints and more, if you need more. That you are Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox, believers and none believers. I will welcome you as you are in your spiritual interest and Faith. At the same time, I would like to share this with you :

Message from Pope Francis to WYD 2023 in Lisbon – Portugal

“We need saints without veils, without cassocks.
We need saints in jeans and sneakers.
We need saints who go to the movies, listen to music
and hang out with their friends.
We need saints who put God first
and who stay at university for a long time.
We need saints who find time each day to pray and
who know how to date someone in purity and chastity, or who consecrate their chastity.
We need modern saints, 21st century saints whose spirituality is in tune with our times.
We need saints who are committed to the poor and to necessary social changes.
We need saints who live in the world, who sanctify themselves in the world and who are not afraid to live in the world.
We need saints who drink coca-cola and eat hot dogs, who use the Internet, who listen to iPods.
We need saints who love the Eucharist and who are not ashamed to have a beer or a pizza on the weekend with their friends.
We need saints who love cinema, theater, music, dance, sports.
We need saints who are sociable, open, normal, friendly, cheerful, companions.
We need saints who are in the world and who know how to savor the pure and good things of the world, but without being worldly.”

Within inter-religious dialogue, I would appreciate as well to have a conversation regarding different religions and to give spiritual tours according to other religions and mine.

Exploring the Spiritual and Historical Treasures

Paris, often referred to as the “City of Light,” is renowned for its enchanting beauty, cultural heritage, and iconic landmarks. Amidst the grandeur of this captivating city lies a rich tapestry of Christian history and spirituality. Embarking on a Christian tour of Paris allows visitors to delve into the sacred sites, centuries-old churches, and profound spiritual experiences. Join us as we embark on a journey to discover the hidden gems and immerse ourselves in the religious heritage of Paris.

Christian Tour Paris with Emy as your guide

Come and see our beautiful Paris church, through spirituality, history, sacred arts, architecture with a tailor-made private tour guide. Paris is a Catholic bastion and Catholicism is the main religion in France. However, the protestants and the orthodox of France are numerous. Just tell us about your aspirations. You may want to discover sacred places from other religions as well.

  • Visiting Paris churches and learn about history
  • Discovering the Saints and theologians of the Church
  • Going to a mass during the week or on a Sunday
  • Taking a spiritual retreat within Paris or outside
  • And more…

Paris, the capital of France, has a profound Christian heritage deeply rooted in its history. From majestic cathedrals to hidden chapels and significant religious landmarks, the city offers a wealth of spiritual experiences for visitors. A Christian tour of Paris unveils the intermingling of faith, art, and history, creating a unique pilgrimage through time.

Place of worship

The Church is a community called in the name of Christ. As God people, the people of the New Covenant in Jesus Christ, the Church is the strength of God Spirit, source of the past, present and future. It is like a Kingdom, a communion between men and God which is the work of the Holy Spirit. By the presence within the Church of the risen Christ, it is a holy place. However, it remains, despite of everything, by its members a human and fragile reality. This Church, willed by Christ, is founded on the 12 apostles, which is why it is called apostolic. The Church takes the form of small communities in Syria, around the year 43. The disciples were given the name “Christians” (Greek word, coming from Christ).

  • Paris Church

The church consists of a building dedicated to prayer and to the worship practices of Christians such as the mass said in a church by the priest, in Catholicism and Orthodoxy. Which Parisian church could you visit? The oldest? The most liberal or traditionalist? The Paris church could be Catholic or Protestant or Orthodox. Among the most famous churches, Saint Eustache Paris church is one of them. Stamped with great names such as Louis XIV who in 1649, made his first communion, this Catholic church exists since the 16th century and is one of the largest churches of Paris with Saint Sulpice Paris church. Another large Paris church is Notre Dame de la Croix in the 20th district next to Père Lachaise cemetery where famous people are buried, such as Edith Piaf, Colette, Maria Callas, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrisson… In the Père Lachaise, you also have one of the most amazing couples of the Catholics, Héloïse and Abélard, buried together. Discover the Paris church Oratoire du Louvre, a major Protestant church made available to Protestants by Napoleon in 1811 and the surprising little Russian church Saint-Serge de Radonège, attached to the Orthodox Archbishopric of Russian Churches tradition in Western Europe, exarchate of the ecumenical patriarchate of Constantinople.

  • Basilica

In the Roman Catholic Church, a basilica is a church enjoying a privilege. This term is an honorary title given by the Pope to a church where many faithful come especially on pilgrimage to pray to Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary or even the relics of a particularly venerated saint. By this honorary distinction, the basilicas take precedence over all the other churches, with the exception of the cathedral of their diocese.

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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is the emblematic monument of Montmartre hill as a sacred place for devotion. The inspiration for Sacré-Cœur’s design originated on 4 September 1870, the day of the proclamation of the Third Republic, with a speech by Bishop Fournier. The Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, perched atop Montmartre Hill, offers breathtaking panoramic views of Paris. This basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, welcomes pilgrims from around the world. Explore its majestic domes, interior mosaics, and the serene atmosphere that invites personal reflection and prayer.

  • Cathedral

A cathedral was originally a church where the seat of the bishop in charge of a diocese is located. It is a symbol of his authority and of his apostolic mission. The cathedral is in use in the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church, the Anglican Church… The building itself, by its physical presence, symbolises both the glory of God and of the church. A cathedral, its bishop and dignitaries have traditional religious functions, but also are closely associated with the civil and communal life of the city.

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The Cathedral of Notre Dame

The cathedral of Notre Dame was begun in 1160 thanks to the Bishop Maurice de Sully on the Île de la Cité where used to be a temple dedicated to Jupiter under Tibère emperor, descendants of Ponce Pilate and Jesus. L’ Île de la Cité is a “mother cell” of Paris. The cathedral is completed between 1250 and 1270 under King Saint Louis, though it was modified and completed frequently in the following centuries. The cathedral is known to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. Notre-Dame contains the cathedra of the Archbishop of Paris, currently Michel Aupetit. 14 million people visit Notre-Dame yearly, which makes it the most visited monument in Europe. Notre Dame is more than a monument, it is a Catholic Holy place.

You can make a donation for Notre Dame Cathedral renovation with Notre-Dame de Paris site and friends of Notre Dame de Paris site for restoration and preservation. This fund is open to you regardless of your nationality.

Come and see our Christian Tours in Paris ! Discover the relationship between the Church, kings of France and the Republic as well. Among more than 160 churches, every single church of Paris has its very own story, architecture, arts, and Saints. They are very active regarding mass services ( twice a day at least) and celebrations, for some of them in English, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Malagasy and Tagal.

Sainte-Chapelle Christian Tour Paris

Sainte-Chapelle enchants visitors with its radiant stained glass windows that depict biblical stories. Immerse yourself in the kaleidoscope of colors as sunlight filters through the intricate designs. Ascend to the upper chapel, where a sense of spiritual transcendence is palpable.

Saint-Sulpice: A Magnificent Baroque Masterpiece

Saint-Sulpice enthralls with its grandeur and artistic splendor. Marvel at its impressive organ, which dates back to the 18th century, and the iconic Gnomon of Saint-Sulpice, a sundial that tells time with remarkable accuracy. Discover the rich history and spiritual significance of this remarkable Baroque masterpiece.

La Madeleine: A Church of Majestic Beauty

La Madeleine stands as a neoclassical marvel that resembles an ancient Greek temple. Admire its Corinthian columns, intricate sculptures, and the mesmerizing beauty of its interior. This church, originally intended as a temple to honor Napoleon‘s army, became a symbol of faith and redemption.

Musée de Cluny: Unveiling Medieval Christian Art

Musée de Cluny, also known as the National Museum of the Middle Ages, houses an extraordinary collection of medieval Christian art and artifacts. Explore the museum’s treasury of sculptures, tapestries, and illuminated manuscripts, which offer insights into the spiritual life of the Middle Ages.

The Pantheon: A Historical Marvel Embracing Spirituality

The Pantheon, initially built as a church dedicated to Saint Genevieve, now serves as a secular mausoleum honoring notable French citizens. This architectural masterpiece showcases the grandeur of classical design and invites visitors to contemplate the intertwining of history, spirituality, and human achievements.

The Latin Quarter Christian Tour Paris: Academic Start

The Latin Quarter, home to the prestigious Sorbonne University, offers a captivating mix of academia and Christian history. Visit the historic Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church, where the shrine of Saint Genevieve attracts pilgrims seeking spiritual solace and inspiration.

January 3 is the feast of Saint Genevieve of Paris. You can make a “real” pilgrimage to her tomb by going to the Saint-Etienne du Mont church which is located right next to the Pantheon. The tomb of Saint Geneviève is at the bottom on the right. The monument was reconstructed after the destruction of the French Revolution. If we approach the window, we see a damaged oblong stone: it is the base of his primitive sarcophagus, found in the crypt of the church of the Sainte-Geneviève abbey, which was destroyed under Napoleon I, in 1807 (currently, it is Clovis Street). Her relics are very rare, because her body was burned by the Revolutionaries in 1793. There is a very small one which is permanently located behind his tomb, but it is not easily accessible. The large one, which is in a portable shrine, next to the main altar, comes from the treasure of Notre-Dame de Paris and is “loaned” every year to the Saint-Etienne du Mont church.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Spiritual Enlightenment

Saint-Germain-des-Prés has long been a hub of spiritual and intellectual pursuits. Visit the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, one of the oldest churches in Paris, and absorb the serene ambiance that inspired renowned thinkers and artists throughout the centuries.

Le Collège des Bernardins is a jewel of Cistercian architecture in Saint Germain des Près district. Training, debates, research seminars, exhibitions and artistic performances complement each other to promote an authentic, cultural and intellectual dialogue between the Church and society. In the 13th century, an intellectual revolution shook Europe. The monasteries, until then the main intellectual centers, gradually gave way to the newly created universities in the large cities: Bologna, then Paris with the Sorbonne, Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg… In a papal bull of 1245, Pope Innocent IV strongly encouraged the Cistercians to study theology and major disciplines in Paris, as the Dominicans and Franciscans did. In 2001, under the leadership of Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, this building, classified as a Historic Monument in 1887, was finally purchased from the city by the Diocese of Paris in order to undertake a daring cultural project which would bring it back to life, faithful to its origins but totally turned towards modernity.

Montmartre Christian Tour Paris: The Christian Heritage

Montmartre, known for its artistic and bohemian atmosphere, is also a place of significant Christian heritage. Climb the steps to Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, visit the charming Saint-Pierre de Montmartre Church, oldest church of Paris, and discover the unique blend of spirituality and artistic expression that permeates the neighborhood.

In the 3rd century, Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris, was martyred by the Romans at the Temple of Mars, located on the hill of Montmartre. In the 5th century, Saint Geneviève, patroness of Paris, had a chapel built to house the tomb of Saint Denis. This crypte du Martyrium becomes a place of pilgrimage.

On August 15, 1634, Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) and six of his companions pronounced “the Vow of Montmartre” in the crypt of the chapel: they decided to found the order of the Society of Jesus, more commonly called the order of the Jesuits.

Saint-Denis Basilica: The Resting Place of French Royalty

Saint-Denis Basilica, located just outside Paris, is the resting place of French monarchs. Discover the splendor of Gothic architecture as you explore this sacred site, which holds the tombs of influential figures such as King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The basilica offers a glimpse into the regal history of France.

Pilgrimage Routes: Spiritual Journeys in and around Paris

Paris is a starting point for various pilgrimage routes, such as the Pèlerinage de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle (Camino de Santiago). Explore these spiritual paths that lead to sacred destinations, enabling pilgrims to connect with their faith on a profound level while traversing beautiful landscapes and historical towns.

The Marais: A Haven of Jewish and Christian Coexistence

The Marais is a vibrant neighborhood where Jewish and Christian communities have coexisted for centuries. Visit the historic Jewish quarter and explore the remarkable churches, such as Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis Church, that reflect the harmonious integration of these two religious traditions.

An Experience of Faith and Cultural Exploration

A Christian tour of Paris is a transformative experience that allows visitors to immerse themselves in the spiritual and historical riches of the city. From majestic cathedrals and hidden chapels to renowned landmarks and vibrant neighborhoods, Paris offers a profound journey of faith and cultural exploration.

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