Hear Classical, Baroque, & Sacred Music in Spectacular Historic Churches in Paris
Paris concerts performed in its historic churches, chapels, and even Notre Dame Cathedral let you experience superb music in sublime settings offering ideal acoustics.
Concerts typically feature music from baroque and classical periods - Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Beethovan - as well as Gregorian chants, choral pieces, Christmas songs, and 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 Roman echoes in 6th century Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Paris church concert tickets sell out quickly as these musical events 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.
Here are 12 Paris churches where you'll find memorable classical music concerts:
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (Notre Dame Cathedral)
With soaring spires, medieval towers, and flying buttresses, Notre Dame Cathedral dominates the historic center of the city. 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 Recommended nearby Hotels:
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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
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Although the Église de la Madeleine's Neoclassical design and 52 Corinthian columns on the outside make it a Paris landmark, its magnificent pipe organ makes 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 Recommended nearby Hotels:
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.
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 Recommended nearby Hotels:
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:
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.
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 Faure.
Across Rue de Rivoli from the Louvre, Église de l'Oratoire du Louvre (Church of the Oratory of the Louvre) mixes the baroque and classical styles in fashion when building began in the 1700s and 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 d'Oratoire du Louvre Concerts Recommended nearby Hotels:
Saint Roch Church dates back to the early1700s 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 1h - hotel 2 - hotel 3
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.
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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 Recommended nearby Hotels: