Winter 2022 Update
Thank you for your interest in Saint Germain des Prés church, the oldest church in Paris. We are especially grateful to those who have provided such unstinting support for the ongoing restoration and preservation of Saint Germain des Prés under the direction of the City of Paris’s Historic Monuments Department.
Restoration works at the church were started in 2012; they were originally expected to reach full completion in 2021. It is worth noting that prior to the 2020 onset of the pandemic, the works had remained more or less in line with the original budget and within the planned timeframe to completion, not an inconsequential feat in the preservation world.
Covid has changed that.
Preservation and restoration works were halted in 2020 at a point where approximately 85% of the original project had been fully completed. More than a year later, we are all awaiting final authorization from the City of Paris to commence the 5th and final tranche of works.
No timeline for approval has been given, and we cannot predict the form of that ultimate approval. We hope it is soon. During this time of uncertainty, we would like to invite you to support the final funding of the now completed earlier restoration tranches 1 through 4 where there is a covid-induced funding shortfall of approximately $175,000.
We would be grateful if you could visit the relevant pages of this website for opportunities to contribute, be it via ‘Adopt-a-Star’ or via the sponsorship of a Flandrin mural, an Apostle’s mosaic or other great works of art throughout the church. Donations of any size are immensely important and keenly appreciated.
As it has for the last 15 centuries, Saint Germain des Prés church remains open for services, prayer, meditation, concerts and visits.
As the pandemic lifts, we hope you will be able to visit the church in person to see the inspiring restoration works accomplished to date. In the meantime, we invite you to explore much of these works, and the church itself, within this website. And we also invite you to join so many others in the United States and around the world in supporting in any way you can the preservation of this unique and iconic church in the heart of Paris.