The Temple protestant de l’Oratoire du Louvre, also Église réformée de l’Oratoire du Louvre, is a historic Protestant church located at 145 rue Saint-Honoré – 160 rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement of Paris (France) across from the Louvre.

It was founded in 1611 by Pierre de Bérulle as the French branch of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri. It was made the royal chapel of the Louvre Palace by Louis XIII on December 23, 1623, and was host to the funerals of both Louis and Cardinal Richelieu. Work on the church was suspended in 1625 and not resumed until 1740, with the church completed in 1745.

It was suppressed in 1792 during the French Revolution, looted, stripped of its decor, and used to store theater sets. In 1811, it was given by Napoleon to the Protestant congregation of Saint-Louis-du-Louvre when that building was demolished to make way for the expansion of the Louvre.

A statue and monument of Admiral Gaspard de Coligny, the great Huguenot leader of the 16th century, was built on the rue de Rivoli end of the church in 1889. It continues as one of the most prominent Reformed congregations in Paris, noted for its liberal theology. The closest Paris métro station is Louvre – Rivoli.

Address: 145 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris, France.

Working Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday 9:30–11:30 AM

Phone: +33 1 42 60 21 64

Main facts

Architectural style: Baroque architecture
Founder: Pierre de Bérulle
Pastor(s): Agnès Adeline-Schaeffer; Béatrice Cléro-Mazire
Architects: Clément II Métezeau, Jacques Lemercier
Opened: 1745

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