Sainte-Clotilde, Paris

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The west front of the church
Interior of the church

The Basilica of Saint Clotilde (Basilique Ste-Clotilde) is a basilica church in Paris, located on the Rue Las Cases, in the area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It is best known for its imposing twin spires.


The pulpit
The sanctuary

Construction of the church was first mooted by the Paris City Council on 16 February 1827. It was designed by architect F. C. Gau of Cologne in a neo-Gothic style. Work began in 1846, but Gau died in 1853, and the job was continued by Théodore Ballu who completed the church in 1857. It was opened on 30 November 1857 by Cardinal Morlot. The church was declared a minor basilica by Pope Leo XIII in 1896.[1]

The Pipe Organ[edit]

St. Clotilde is famous for the Aristide Cavaillé-Coll organ (1859, enlarged 1933 and electrified 1962) played by César Franck and the succession of famous composers who have been Organiste titulaire:[2]

The Sainte-Clotilde as seen from the Eiffel Tower

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Coordinates: 48°51′30″N 2°19′09″E / 48.85833°N 2.31917°E / 48.85833; 2.31917