Founded in 543 AD by Childebert, the son of Clovis, this iconic edifice is the oldest church in Paris.  A magnificent repository of architectural and artistic treasures, an ancient and enduring center of high intellectual attainment, the home for more than 400 years to Europe’s leading Benedictine order, the church at Saint Germain des Prés has stood watch for nearly fifteen centuries over the tumultuous history of the City of Paris.

Today, though approximately 85% of the renovation has been completed, the church remains in need of further restoration and preservation.

Based in Maryland, American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Gemain des Prés has been working since 2013 to raise funds in the United States and around the world for renovation works at the church.  Owing to the covid pandemic, works were halted in 2020. We now await the official approval by Paris city authorities for the inauguration of the final tranche of works.  We hope to start this final tranche in early 2023.

Please be advised that we have temporarily suspended all fundraising in the United States as we are in the process of renewing our tax-exempt status.



Carol M. Donohue, Foundation Administrator

American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés Inc.



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