Église St-Sulpice

sights / Religious

Église St-Sulpice information

Paris , France
Address
Street place St-Sulpice, 6e
Getting there
metro St-Sulpice
More information
http://pss75.fr/saint-sulpice-paris
Opening hours
7.30am-7.30pm
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Lonely Planet review

In 1646 work started on the twin-towered Church of St Sulpicius, lined inside with 21 side chapels, and it took six architects 150 years to finish. What draws most visitors isn't its striking Italianate facade with two rows of superimposed columns, its Counter-Reformation-influenced neoclassical decor or even its frescoes by Eugène Delecroix but its setting for a murderous scene in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code .

You can hear the monumental, 1781-built organ during 10.30am Mass on Sunday or the occasional Sunday-afternoon concert.

The frescoes in the Chapelle des Sts-Anges (Chapel of the Holy Angels), first to the right as you enter the chapel, depict Jacob wrestling with the angel (to the left) and Michael the Archangel doing battle with Satan (to the right) and were painted by Delacroix between 1855 and 1861.