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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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  • Saint Sulpice is a large, impressive church and well worth a stop. The high ceiling let the light in and the statues and the rest of the interior is incredibly illuminated. 
    Saint Sulpice is a large, impressive church and well worth a stop. The high ceiling let the light in and the statues and the rest of the interior is incredibly illuminated.  more »
  • Beautiful church, with a great history. The interior paintings are lovely and the fountain is worth a picture. 
    Beautiful church, with a great history. The interior paintings are lovely and the fountain is worth a picture.  more »
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  • Even without being a pivotal location in Dan Browns "DaVinci Code" where the Church contains the "Rose Line", it's certainly worth a visit. The line is there, but it was created for other things that are interesting too. The square around it. The mismatched towers, the art in the building and the open airy feel make it an excellent stop.
  • It is a spectacular church and a pleasure to go and hear summer Organ concerts on Sundays. Its17th century architecture is absolutely amazing and it houses the largest organ in France! I highly recommend a visit although there always seems to be some construction going on. Kirk Regalia Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida U.S.A.

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