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Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, Paris

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Known for its iconic façade with mismatched towers, Fontaine Saint-Sulpice has an unusual architectural history. It has a Romanesque foundation and a Baroque interior, and holds the Gnomon of Saint-Sulpice--an astronomical measurement device used to determine the position of the sun in the sky. The church has a long-standing tradition of inviting talented organists to play its 18th-century Great Organ, which has a rich palette of sounds. Inside, on either side of the entrance, are the two halves of an enormous shell (Tridacna gigas) given to King Francis I by the Venetian Republic. The shells function as fonts for holy water, resting on rock-like bases sculpted by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, who also sculpted a large white marble statue of Mary in the Lady Chapel. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Fontaine Saint-Sulpice and many more Paris attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Paris tour app.
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  • Beautiful church, with a great history. The interior paintings are lovely and the fountain is worth a picture. 
    Beautiful church, with a great history. The interior paintings are lovely and the fountain is worth a picture.  more »
  • To the guy who said it was unimpressive, I bet your mother smells like eggs and canned peas and I hope you learn 
    To the guy who said it was unimpressive, I bet your mother smells like eggs and canned peas and I hope you learn  more »
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  • It is a spectacular church and a pleasure to go and hear summer Organ concerts on Sundays. Its17th century architecture is absolutely amazing and it houses the largest organ in France! I highly recommend a visit although there always seems to be some construction going on.
  • As an atheist from a Protestant background in Northern Ireland i never really had a reason to visit many cathedrals. So when I was on a walk through Paris and passed it I stuck my head in and was blown away by this place. Beautiful architecture and it's free to dander in (there was even a mass going in when I was there). If you're in the area you should definitely check it out.

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