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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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  • Paris. So many cathedrals, so little time. Saint Sulpice is definitely worth the detour if you have a free hour in that neighborhood. It was the 4 th church we saw in one day, but certainly... 
    Paris. So many cathedrals, so little time. Saint Sulpice is definitely worth the detour if you have a free hour in that neighborhood. It was the 4 th church we saw in one day, but certainly...  more »
  • A beautiful front, unlike any other. Interesting architecture with beautiful paintings, but something is missing. You can drop by for a few minutes if you are nearby or you like architecture and... 
    A beautiful front, unlike any other. Interesting architecture with beautiful paintings, but something is missing. You can drop by for a few minutes if you are nearby or you like architecture and...  more »
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  • It wasn’t as good as I was expecting and the other nearby church was better in my opinion. There was construction that was extremely loud and echoing through the chamber inside, and an overly expensive antique market was fully covering the fountain outside. Must’ve visited on a bad day, but nonetheless, the church was a bit bland. If you’re interested in history then I recommend it, and the exterior looks epic.
  • It's a typical European cathedral with stained glass windows, gold decorated altars, chandeliers with amazing decor. It's way less crowded than the touristic ones. It's very dark inside though and I don't think that they can spend a lot to its upkeep since it's not that famous. It looks like it used to be very very rich in the past.

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