The Saint-Sulpice church (Église Saint-Sulpice de Paris) is a Catholic parish church located in the Odéon district, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris (France).

This church is located on Place Saint-Sulpice. It is dedicated to Sulpice the Pious, archbishop of Bourges in the 7th century.

Only slightly smaller than Notre-Dame and Saint-Eustache, it is the third largest church in the city.

The church has been classified as a historic monument since May 20, 1915. The site is served by the Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Odéon and Mabillon metro stations.

Due to the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris on April 15, 2019, the church functions as a diocesan cathedral for major ceremonies in accordance with the wishes of the Archbishop of Paris. The seat of the archdiocese nominally remains at Notre-Dame, even during reconstruction. As of September 1, 2019, canonical services are usually celebrated in Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois.

History

The present church is the second building on the site, erected over a Romanesque church originally constructed during the 13th century. Additions were made over the centuries, up to 1631. The new building was founded in 1646 by parish priest Jean-Jacques Olier (1608–1657) who had established the Society of Saint-Sulpice, a clerical congregation, and a seminary attached to the church. Anne of Austria laid the first stone.

Construction began in 1646 to designs which had been created in 1636 by Christophe Gamard, but the Fronde interfered, and only the Lady Chapel had been built by 1660, when Daniel Gittard provided a new general design for most of the church. Gittard completed the sanctuary, ambulatory, apsidal chapels, transept, and north portal (1670–1678), after which construction was halted for lack of funds.

Gilles-Marie Oppenord and Giovanni Servandoni, adhering closely to Gittard’s designs, supervised further construction (mainly the nave and side-chapels, 1719–1745). The decoration was executed by the brothers Sébastien-Antoine Slodtz (1695–1742) and Paul-Ambroise Slodtz (1702–1758).

In 1723–1724 Oppenord created the north and south portals of the transept with an unusual interior design for the ends: concave walls with nearly engaged Corinthian columns instead of the pilasters found in other parts of the church.

Address: 2 Rue Palatine, 75006 Paris, France.

Hours:

Friday 8 AM–8 PM
Saturday 8 AM–8 PM
Sunday 8 AM–8 PM
Monday 8 AM–8 PM
Tuesday 8 AM–8 PM
Wednesday 8 AM–8 PM
Thursday 8 AM–8 PM

Phone: +33 1 46 33 21 78

Organist(s): Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin; Karol Mossakowski
Architectural style: Baroque architecture
Founded: 1646
Burials: Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Sulpicius Severus
Architects: Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Christophe Gamard.

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