A new part of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church has been restored (and it’s incredible!)

Fifteen months ago we went to see the freshly-restored chœur des Moines at the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church, not far from our hotels. You can read our article with lots of smart photos here.

However the restoration is still ongoing (should be finished in 2020), and another part of the church has just been unveiled – the nave, now bursting with colour, thanks to over a million euros invested in its restoration.

We went down to take some photos in the hope that you’ll take a look for yourself…

Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
photos: JasonW

The Saint-Germain-des-Prés church is now almost completely transformed. As soon as you enter, you’re met with bursts of colour that are not usually seen in such a building. You’d almost think the place was brand new…

Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Every wall, corner and column is painted. Incredible details are everywhere…

Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

So you can see the difference, here are a couple of parts of the church that have yet to be restored…

Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

We wanted to take photos of absolutely everything. Every arch and column has a different image…

Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Restauration de l’église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

We strongly advise you to pay the church a visit. Entrance is free and it’s never looked better. We can’t wait to go back once every last bit of restoration is finished!

To check out all our photos of the nave, click here.

The Saint-Germain-des-Prés church (here) is open every day from 8am-7.45pm

Mass times can be found here