Concerts in Paris Churches

Spectacular Music, Spectacular Venues

Paris Church Concerts

Hear Classical, Baroque, & Sacred Music in Historic Churches in Paris

Concerts performed in Paris churches, chapels, and even Notre Dame Cathedral let you experience superb music in sublime settings with ideal acoustics.

Concerts typically feature baroque and classical music by composers such as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Beethovan as well as Gregorian chants, choral pieces, Christmas songs, and even modern composers. 

You'll find unique beauty, art, history, and amazing music in each church:  spectacular stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle, magnificent pipe organs at Notre Dame and Église de la Madeleine, candlelight concerts at Saint-Ephrem, soaring architecture at Saint Eustache, great art at Saint Roch Church, and echoes of 6th century Rome at Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Tickets sell out quickly as these classical concerts are popular with local Parisians as well as visitors.  If possible, get your tickets a month or two in advance, especially for special holiday concerts at Christmas, New Year, and Easter.

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Here are 12 Paris churches where you'll find memorable classical music concerts:

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (Notre Dame Cathedral) Concerts

Notre Dame Cathedral next to the Seine River in Paris

With soaring spires, medieval towers, and flying buttresses, Notre Dame Cathedral dominates Île de la Cité at the historic center of Paris.  Don't miss the famous stained glass "rose" windows while you're there.

Notre Dame's vast pipe organ along with the sheer beauty of the cathedral makes attending a concert here a memorable experience. 

Although many concerts here feature organ and sacred music, you'll find a variety of music ranging from Gregorian chants to baroque, plus wonderful Christmas concerts.

Location:  Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II, Ile de la Cité, 4th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  600 for concerts
Nearest Metro:  Cité or Saint Michel
Schedules and Tickets:  See all Notre Dame concerts  
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Need concert schedules and tickets?  See our Paris Concerts page.

La Sainte-Chapelle Concerts 

Breath-taking stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle
Breath-taking stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle

Stunningly gorgeous stained glass windows and soaring French Gothic architecture make any concert in Sainte-Chapelle an experience you'll always remember. 

Fortunately, Sainte-Chapelle also offers more concerts than any other Paris church (although Église Saint-Ephrem is a close second).

Over 100 classical musical performances by soloists and ensembles take place here each year, including (usually) concerts on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. 

Because Sainte-Chapelle is an extremely popular concert venue with only 200 seats, book as far in advance as possible, especially for holiday concerts.

Location:  8, boulevard du Palais on the Ile de la Cité, 1st arrondissement; concerts are held in the chapel on the 2nd floor
Seating Capacity:  200
Nearest Metro:  Cité
Schedules and Tickets: Find all Sainte-Chapelle concerts

Recommended nearby Hotels:   

  • Hotel Britannique - Romantic small hotel on the Right Bank across from Île de la Cité and Sainte Chapelle
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  • Relais Hôtel du Vieux Paris - Charming 4-star boutique hotel in a historic 15th century building in the Latin Quarter - just a quick walk across the Pont Saint-Michel bridge to Sainte Chapelle
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  • Hôtel Europe Saint Séverin Paris - Small Latin Quarter hotel close to Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, and the Pantheon; request a room with a balcony!
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Église de la Madeleine (Madeleine Church)    

Madeleine Church in Paris - Concert schedule

Although the Église de la Madeleine's Neoclassical design and 52 Corinthian columns on the outside make it a Paris landmark, its magnificent Cavaillé-Coll pipe organ and superb acoustics make it a popular venue for classical music concerts. You'll typically hear works by Mozart, Vivaldi, and Bach.

Past organists include famous French composers Camile Saint-Saëns and Gabriel Fauré.

Église de la Madeleine's spectacular neo-Byzantine mosaics, art, and sculpture make attending a concert here an unforgettable experience.

Location:  Place de la Madeleine, 8th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  200
Nearest Metro:  Madeleine
Schedules and Tickets:  Find all La Madeleine Concerts   
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  • Hotel Fauchon - Luxury boutique hotel with fashion, style, and food by famous gourmet French food purveyor, Fauchon, just steps away from Eglise de la Madeleine - Compare all rates 
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  • Hotel Opera Richepanse - Boutique hotel in the heart of Paris, close to Madeleine Church, Paris Opera, and Place Vendome - Compare all rates

Need concert schedules and tickets?  See our Paris Concerts page.

Église Saint-Ephrem (Saint Ephrem Church) 

Corinthian columns grace the front of the Church of Saint Ephrem in the Latin Quarter
Corinthian columns grace the front of the Church of Saint Ephrem in the Latin Quarter

Superb acoustics make the Church of Saint Ephrem an ideal setting for frequent concerts featuring Chopin, Bach, Satie, Debussy, Beethovan, and other classical music favorites performed by musicians from the National Conservatory of Music in Paris.

Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter on a quiet street behind the Pantheon, the 1733 Corinthian-style building occupies the site of two earlier chapels dating back to 1334. 

Since 1925, Saint Ephrem's (named after 4th century theologian-musician Saint Ephrem of Syria) has been a Syrian Catholic Church and conducts Sunday services in Syrian Aramaic. 


Candlelight concert featuring Mozart's Requiem at Eglish Saint Ephrem
Candlelight concert featuring Mozart's Requiem at Église Saint Ephrem

A beautiful rood screen carved in wood, one of the very few in Paris to escape destruction during the Revolution, forms an ornate backdrop for the musicians.  Beautiful Byzantine-style icons hang on several walls.

Look for occasional candlelight concerts on the schedule. 

Location:  17, rue des Carmes, 5th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  400
Nearest Metro:  Maubert Mutualité 
Schedules and Tickets:  Find all Saint Ephrem Concerts 

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  • Select Hotel - Great Left Bank location near Saint Ephrem and the Sorbonne - Compare all rates 
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  • Hotel La Lanterne - Excellent small hotel in the Latin Quarter with modern decor and a wonderful spa and pool - Compare all rates 

Église Saint-Eustache (Saint Eustache Church) 

Saint Eustasche Church in Paris - concert schedule

Dating back to 1532-1640, Saint Eustache is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent Paris churches, with breath-taking architecture and a centuries-long history of hosting amazing concerts, partly due to its splendid organ.  

Tickets for its renowned New Year's Eve and New Year's Day concerts sell out fast, so book early if you want to attend on these dates.

Location:  2, rue du Jour, 1st arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  500
Nearest Metro:  Les Halles
Schedules and Tickets:  Find all Saint Eustache Concerts 

Recommended nearby Hotels:   

  • Hotel Le Relais des Halles - Chic and affordable hotel near Les Halles and Saint-Eustache Church - Compare all rates
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Église Saint-Sulpice Concerts

Statue of Madonna and Child at Saint Sulpice Church in Paris

Saint-Sulpice, built in the 17th and 18th century over foundations from a Romanesque church dating back to the 1200s, is almost as large as Notre-Dame. 

The Late-Baroque style church is filled with magnificent treasures including a renowned organ regarded as the best in Paris and possibly the world.  Master organ-builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll rebuilt the 1791 organ with 100 stops and five keyboards to produce an unbelievably majestic sound, amplified perfectly by Saint-Sulpice's excellent acoustics.

Fans of The Da Vinci Code will remember the organ as the site of a violent (but of course fictional) attack.

You can hear the organ on Sundays before, during, and after some of the masses, as well as on one Sunday afternoon each month at 4pm.  Check dates and times on the Église Saint-Sulpice website.

Classical concerts are also held fairly frequently at Saint-Sulpice, including (usually) on New Year's Eve, and typically include choral music by composers such as Brahms, Beethovan, Ravel, and Fauré.

Location:  Place Saint-Sulpice, 6th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  600
Metro:  Saint Sulpice
Schedules and Tickets:  Find all Saint-Sulpice Classical concerts 

Recommended nearby Hotels:   

  • La Perle - Charming and affordable 3-star hotel in a quiet location near Saint Sulpice - Compare all rates
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What Is a Cavaillé-Coll Organ?

Cavaillé-Coll pipe organs, designed and built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll in the mid-to-late 1800s and considered the finest examples of this instrument produced in the 19th century.  They are "symphonic" organs, capable of reproducing and blending the sounds of other orchestral instruments to make you feel you're hearing an entire symphony orchestra.  Numerous Cavaillé-Coll organs still exist in Paris churches and other venues, although many of them have been rebuilt at least once.  

To hear the least-altered Cavaillé-Coll organ in Paris, head to Église Saint-Sulpice

Other Paris churches where you can hear Cavaillé-Coll organs include the American Cathedral, Église Saint-Roch, Église de la Madeleine (rebuilt, modified), Notre Dame de la Croix, Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris (modified), Pentemont Abby, Saint Antoine des Quinze Vingts, Saint Clotilde Basillica (modified, rebuilt), Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint-Trinité, Église Saint-Jean de Montmartre, Sacré Coeur Basilica, and the Val de Grâce chapel organ. 

Concerts at Église de la Trinité d'Estienne d'Orves (Trinity Church)   

Trinity Church in Paris - Concert schedule

The beautiful Trinity Church (usually called La Trinité) dates back only to the mid-1800s, making it a relative newcomer in central Paris. 

La Trinité's Second Empire architecture is as stunning inside as outside, making it a splendid site for occasional concerts featuring Vivaldi and other baroque composers.

Location:  Place d’Estienne d’Orves, 9th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  450
Nearest Metro:  Trinité d’Estienne d’Orves
Schedules and Tickets:  Find all La Trinité Concerts 

Recommended nearby Hotels:   

  • Laz' Hotel Spa Urbain - 4-star hotel with indoor pool, hamman, spa, and great views from upper floors, close to the church - Compare all rates
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Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Saint Germain des Prés Church) Concert Schedule 

The magnificent pipe organ at Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés
The magnificent pipe organ at Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Built in the 6th century just a couple of hundred years after the Romans brought Christianity to the region, Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the oldest church in Paris

Lovely frescos added in the 19th century can't quite obscure the church's earlier Roman style - look hard, and you'll see the architectural lines from 1,500 years ago. 

Concerts here are wonderful, with Vivaldi being a perennial favorite.  If you're lucky enough to be here in December, catch one of the Christmas concerts or Handel's Messiah.

Location:  3, place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 6th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  460
Nearest Metro:  Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Schedules and Tickets:  Find all Église Saint-Germain des Prés Concerts 
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  • Hotel Saint Germain des Pres - Lovely 3-star hotel in an 18th century townhouse with many original period details and architectural features - great location near Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Compare all rates
  • Hotel Signature Saint Germain des Pres - Beautiful modern decor, affordable rates, and excellent service in this 26-room boutique 3-star hotel close to the church - Compare all rates

See complete Paris Concerts schedule

Église de l'Oratoire du Louvre   

Oratory of the Louvre Church in Paris - Concert schedule

Across Rue de Rivoli from the Louvre, Église de l'Oratoire du Louvre (Church of the Oratory of the Louvre) mixes baroque and classical elements reflecting the architectural styles in fashion when its construction began in the 1700s and when it completed in the 1800s.  

Inside, the soaring height of the vaulted ceiling provides wonderful acoustics for concerts, which focus on sacred choral music from Renaissance, Classical, and Baroque periods. 

Location:  145 rue Saint Honoré (front), 160 rue de Rivoli (back), 1st arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  400
Nearest Metro:  Louvre-Rivoli
Schedules and Tickets:  Find all Église de l'Oratoire du Louvre Concerts 
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  • Hotel Konfidentiel Paris - Highly regarded 4-star boutique hotel with charming decor and personalized service in a wonderful 1st arrondissement location near Eglise de l'Oratoire du Louvre, the Louvre Museum, and Palais Royal - Compare all rates
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Église Saint-Roch    

Saint Roch Church in Paris - Concert schedule

Saint Roch Church dates back to the early 1700s and boasts one of the best art collections among Paris churches. 

Although Saint Roch hosts comparatively few concerts, they usually include interesting selections you won't necessarily find in other venues, so it's always worth checking the schedule.

Location:  296, rue Saint-Honoré, 1st arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  300
Metro:  Pyramides, Tuileries
Schedules and Tickets:  Find all Saint Roch Church Concerts

Recommended nearby Hotels:   

  • Hotel du Lion d'Or - Affordable 3-star hotel with elegant decor in a 17th century building near Saint Roch Church - Compare all rates
  • Hotel Londres Saint Honoré - This highly-rated 2-star hotel across the street from Saint Roch offers affordable rates and an excellent 1st arrondissement location - Compare all rates

Église Saint-Séverin 

Saint-Severin Church in Paris - Concert schedule

After Vikings destroyed an earlier church on this site, Saint Severin was built during the 11th century, and is one of the most beautiful Gothic style churches in Paris. 

Look for special Christmas and New Year's Eve concerts in this wonderful Latin Quarter church.

Location:  1, rue des Prêtres-Saint-Séverin, 5th arrondissement
Seating Capacity:  200
Metro:  Saint-Michel
Schedules and Tickets:  Find all Saint Severin Concerts    

Recommended nearby Hotels:  

  • Hôtel Herni IV - Located next to Saint Séverin (some rooms overlook it), this luxurious 3-star boutique hotel in a 17th century townhouse is also only about a 3-minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral.  Reviews & Rates

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis

Saint Paul Saint Louis Church in Paris - Concert schedule

Built in Italian style in the early 1700s, the Church of Saint Paul - Saint Louis endured bloodshed, violence, and a brief conversion to "The Cult of Reason and the Supreme Being" during the French Revolution before being restored to Catholicism in the early 1800s. 

In addition to enjoying the church's gorgeous interior and a famous organ, you can also seem some wonderful art treasures here, including paintings by Delacroix and Germain Pilon.

Classical concerts in this spectacular setting often feature works by Vivaldi and Pachelbel - truly a memorable experience!

Location:  99, rue Saint Antoine, Marais neighborhood in the 4th arrondissement
Schedules and Tickets:   
Seating Capacity:  500
Nearest Metro:  Saint Paul
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  • Hotel Caron -Highly rated boutique hotel with only 8 rooms - a little gem in an excellent location in the Marais near the Church of Saint Paul-Saint Louis - Compare all rates
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