Saint Denis introduced Christianity to Paris in the Third Century and by the Fifth Century the first churches were built in the city. As time went on Paris, located in the area known as Ile de France, became home to some of the most magnificent churches in Christendom. What can we say that has not already been said? Paris is Europe's most popular destination and for the Catholic traveler, there so many beautiful and spiritually rich experiences here that you would need to spend a few years there to see them all. But listed here are just a few.
Some churches, such as Saint Germain des Pres, offer concerts on a regular basis.
Most of the major churches offer daily Mass while some, such as the Sacre Coeur, have perpetual adoration.
If you are traveling independently, we highly recommend the Paris Pass. It gives you great discounts and "skip the line" admission to many of the most popular attractions (most Churches are free, of course, with some exceptions). It also gives you a one-hour river cruise, a wine tasting, free travel across central Paris on the metro, RER, bus and trams and more.
rather than categorically. Not necessarily just for Catholic sites, by the way.
And, of course, we always recommend the "Streetwise" maps--
easy to carry & waterproof. There is also a companion Streetwise Map
for the Paris subway system (Le Metro).
The Catholic Travel Guide
A Catholic's Guide to Paris, France
Paris is divided into 20 districts, known as "Arrondissements". The twenty arrondissements that branch out in a clockwise spiral pattern from the center of the city. The number of the arrondissement matches the last two digits of the postal code. It might be helpful if taking a taxi or asking for directions, to know the arrondissement as well as the address just in case the person you are asking (or the taxi cab driver) is not familiar with the street.
Street signs will normally have an abbreviation of the arrondissement as well as the street number as shown here (7th Arr):
A flashback in time to elegant dining: for a unique dining experience, consider Le Train Bleu, located in the Gare du Lyon train station. This magnificent setting will probably surprise you.
Perhaps you can imagine yourself dining as you wait to board the Orient Express traveling from Paris to Istanbul back in the early 20th Century.......
Is that Hercule Poirot I see over there?