Eglise Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles

Eglise Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles

Eglise Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles
4.5
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2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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BradJill
By BradJill
Historic church along Rue Saint Denis
Dec 2018
This is a Roman Catholic parish church on Rue Saint Denis in the 1st District of Paris. It is north of Pompidou a few blocks and can be conveniently viewed when sightseeing in the area. Originally constructed in the 13th-century, numerous enlargements and modifications took place up until 1780, providing the bulk of the present church you see today. Recent church history is also associated with the relics of Saint Helena, mother of early 4th-century ruler Emperor Constantine, which were transferred to the church in the late 19th century. Due to the narrow street in front of the church, it is a bit challenging to appreciate the facade and immediate exterior of Eglise Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles. However, you can enjoy a simple Gothic facade with side turrets on both sides of the entrance. We further found the interior to be quite dark throughout. You can walk through the nave, viewing a fine alter with surrounding decorative columns and a nicely carved pulpit. However, it was rather difficult taking pictures due to poor light conditions on the day. There are nice stained-glass windows to see. However, quite a few within the upper level of the church were missing, at present being replaced with temporary clear glass panes. Would be nice to see the interior with replacements window panes at some point in the future. In the end, we liked Eglise Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles but found it more difficult to enjoy given the dark conditions on the day we visited. Will have to give her another visit in the future so that we can better view and appreciate the church.

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Neighbourhood: Les Halles
Historically the central iron-clad market of Paris, Les Halles has evolved architecturally since then but the pulsating energy has stayed the same. Now it houses the main shopping mall, which nestles underground surrounded by fast-food take-aways and international restaurants coupled with beautiful churches and the old commodity exchange. Parallel to it are the high-street stores of Rue de Rivoli and just parallel to that the Seine. The area bustles with faces from all continents and all ages at all times of the day. If enjoying high-street shopping with easy access to fast eateries and lively bars is on your agenda, this is the place to go.
How to get there
  • Étienne Marcel • 2 min walk
  • Châtelet – Les Halles • 3 min walk
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia17,152 contributions
Jan 2022
Located on the lower part of Rue st Denis, is this Gothic style. the façade is of note as there are two turrets rather than spires, which suit the design.
Written 30 January 2022
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China153,541 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is a Roman Catholic parish church on Rue Saint Denis in the 1st District of Paris. It is north of Pompidou a few blocks and can be conveniently viewed when sightseeing in the area.

Originally constructed in the 13th-century, numerous enlargements and modifications took place up until 1780, providing the bulk of the present church you see today. Recent church history is also associated with the relics of Saint Helena, mother of early 4th-century ruler Emperor Constantine, which were transferred to the church in the late 19th century.

Due to the narrow street in front of the church, it is a bit challenging to appreciate the facade and immediate exterior of Eglise Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles. However, you can enjoy a simple Gothic facade with side turrets on both sides of the entrance.

We further found the interior to be quite dark throughout. You can walk through the nave, viewing a fine alter with surrounding decorative columns and a nicely carved pulpit. However, it was rather difficult taking pictures due to poor light conditions on the day.

There are nice stained-glass windows to see. However, quite a few within the upper level of the church were missing, at present being replaced with temporary clear glass panes. Would be nice to see the interior with replacements window panes at some point in the future.

In the end, we liked Eglise Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles but found it more difficult to enjoy given the dark conditions on the day we visited. Will have to give her another visit in the future so that we can better view and appreciate the church.
Written 24 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

BeckyBooBird
Fort Myers Beach, FL509 contributions
Jun 2014 • Solo
Eglise Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles is located on rue Saint-Denis, historically important as part of the pilgrimage route to the Abbey of Saint-Denis. Nowadays, the church shares the neighborhood with numerous clothing shops, restaurants and a few strip clubs. The entry to the church opens up directly on rue Saint-Denis.

The church, in one form or another, has been in existence since 1120 and is not a large church by Parisian standards. It has lovely side chapels, but the crypt beneath the altar houses a knight’s tomb and a reliquary which contains part of the body of Saint Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. According to historical accounts, in 840 a monk stole part of St Helena’s body from her sarcophagus in Rome, and in 1820, the Pope allowed the relic to be housed at Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles parish under the protection of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. To this day, the Knights still meet to pray at the church on a weekly basis. Whether or not St. Helena’s relic is genuine is hard to prove without using modern methods, but the church followers I met at the church unequivocally believe the relic to be real. You must ask an attendant to unlock the door to the crypt to go down to see Saint Helena’s shrine and reliquary.

The church is easily accessible from Metro Chatelet. On the way from the metro to the church, you can pass by the Fontaine des Innocents, the oldest monumental fountain in Paris. You can also take a short side trip to Eglise Saint-Eustache, a much grander but less intriguing church than Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles.
Written 16 June 2014
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Eglise Saint-Leu-Saint-Gilles is open:
  • Sun - Sun 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Mon - Mon 2:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Tue - Sat 2:00 PM - 7:30 PM


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