A structure built just outside Medieval Paris, Saint Germain des Prés has survived over 1,400 years as the city's oldest church. The storied history of this institution runs through the ages, from Viking incursions to the French Revolution, Concordats and beyond. See history from inside the walls of Saint Germain des Prés, click below.
The cultural influence of Saint Germain des Prés has reached far beyond its hallowed halls for centuries. The church has impacted Parisian neighborhoods, as well as the lives of philosophers, artists, students, and countless patrons. Click below to explore the cultural impact of Saint Germain des Prés on people, places, and ideas throughout history.