Paris churches with a twist!!

This was a unique post I did couple years back and would like to update with fresh text as I think they are wonderful monuments off the beaten path in Paris. Most come to see the renown and popular in tourist books but these have a wonderful history of their own. Let me show you the Paris churches with a twist!!

Let me bring you up to speed or kneeling position with the Paris churches with a twist. These are churches seldom if ever visited by tourists or even casual resident /expats. However, as a resident/citizen I did many times while working in Paris and living in Versailles.

We do come to Paris or any other city in Europe especially, and one of the thing to do is to see these wonderful monuments to the architecture genious of the past. Even if we are not religious ,these stands as a place worth the detour.

Paris has a small Anglo Catholic Church, that of Saint Joseph at 50 avenue Hoche near the Arc de Triomphe. The church was built by the Passionate Fathers in 1868 and the new Church was renovated in 1987. Hardly recognisable as a church but rather a modern building.  Parish for the English-speaking Catholic Community of Paris.  You get there on the metro CDG Etoile lines  1, 2, 6 & RER A. Webpage: 

The Paris tourist office on St Joseph Church

The American Church was the first American Church to established themselves outside the USA!  It was created in 1814 ; located at 65, Quai d’Orsay, in the 7éme arrondissement, not far from the Seine river. The current Church was built in 1931.

By 1814, many Protestants Americans in Paris were welcome in homes around Paris than on a temple de l’Oratoire du Louvre from  1816 under the protection of  Talleyrand.  The first American Chapel was built in 1857 at 21, rue de Berri.  It was in 1858 that emperor Napoléon III  officially recognized the American Church of Paris. In  1925, the Church acquired land on the quai d’Orsay  and ordered architect Carrol Greenough  the construction of a big neo gothic Church.  The construction was finished on March 6 1931 even if the first stone was done on March 1st 1926. The American Church is frequented by the Protestants of Paris coming from 40 different countries and 35 Christian groups at last count.

The stained glass on the north and those on the nerf are all the same dimensions. Some themes on the glass gives honor to the American fallen in WWI. The Organ buffet has gothic sculptures  and the organ has four keyboards and  3 375 ring cables manufacture in Hambourg,Germany ; and open up with a series of concerts in 1988. The Chapel has a portrait as Christ looking at Jerusalem by a  Canadien Frank M. Armington that was behind the altar but now moved to give space to the organ . The nearest metro station is Invalides  lines 8 and 13 and the gare des Invalides RER C is close by.

The official American Church webpage:

The Paris tourist office on the American Church

I must say here that the two above I have been maybe once or twice since been in France. The next one, the  American Cathedral of Paris, I have been several times and even had meetings of the Franco-American community here. Many nice memories of events within over the early years in France indeed.


The American Cathedral  of the Holy Trinity or Cathédrale de la Sainte-Trinité  is an American Church dating from the end of the 19C of the Anglican cult and serving as the Cathedral of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe of the Episcopal Church of the United States.  It is located wonderfully at  23, avenue George-V near the Champs-Élysées and Pont de l’Alma in the 8éme arrondissement.  The origins dates back to the 1830s when American Episcopalians began to meet together for services in the garden pavilion of the Hôtel Matignon, now the official residence of the French prime minister, then the home of American expatriate Colonel Herman Thorn.  In 1859, the formal establishment of a parish took place and in 1864 the first church building was consecrated on Rue Bayard . The Consecration of the church took place on Thanksgiving Day on November 25, 1886, which coincided with the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in New York. Holy Trinity became a cathedral in 1922, continuing as a parish church and also serving as the official seat of the bishop in charge of Episcopal churches in Europe.

At its current location it was built from 1881 on a Neo Gothic style under the plans of English architect George Edmund Street, and opened in 1886.  The stained glass which numbered 42 came from glassmaker  James Bell, that did them from 1883 to 1893 on the theme of Te Deum. It was later completed by the addition of a arrow tower designed between 1904-1906 by Arthur Edmond Street, son of the original architect that had passed away. Later in  1911 was added a presbytery , and finally in  1923  a memorial to the fallen American soldiers of WWI.  You have many concerts held here that are nice indeed; and well located to do all the good things you all enjoy of Paris. The Cathedral was renovated especially the tower and the stained glass by a donation from the US base World Monument Fund.

paris pont de l'alma to ave George V sep16

The official webpage of the American Cathedral of Paris

The Paris tourist office on the American Cathedral

The World Monument Fund on the work of the American Cathedral

There you go something different from your regular visits to our beautiful Paris, eternal and well beyond words . I hope you have enjoyed the tour and do see these off the beaten path wonderful places of my Paris.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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