Sainte-Geneviève-des-Ardents, Paris

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The outline of the former church at Parvis Notre-Dame – place Jean-Paul-II.

The Church of Sainte-Geneviève-des-Ardents (French: église Sainte-Geneviève-des-Ardents), known as Sainte-Geneviève-la-Petite in the Middle Ages, was a church located at present-day Parvis Notre-Dame – place Jean-Paul-II in the Île de la Cité in Paris, France.


A Sainte-Geneviève chapel, under the authority of the abbey of the same name, was attested in the 9th century. It was mentioned as a proper parish from 1128, which makes it the oldest attested parish of La Cité quarter.[1]

The church was re-built in the 15th, in part thanks to the donations of bookseller Nicolas Flamel. Flamel was represented in a niche next to the portal.[2] Theologian and casuist Jean Pontas [fr] became the vicar of the church in 1666.[3]

The Sainte-Geneviève and Saint-Christophe parishes, both situated at present-day Parvis Notre-Dame, were suppressed in 1747 and merged with the parish of Sainte-Madeleine. The church of Sainte-Geneviève-des-Ardents was destroyed in January 1747 to enable the extension works of the Hôpital des Enfants-Trouvés.[1] The walls of the church were excavated when the archaeological crypt was built. Now, the outline of the former building is shown by a lighter tiling on Parvis Notre-Dame.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Paroisse Sainte-Geneviève-du-Miracle-des-Ardents. Paris". (in French). Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Wilkins, Nigel E. (1993). Nicolas Flamel : des livres et de l'or (in French). Imago. p. 46. ISBN 2902702779. OCLC 29848132. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Lécuy (1863). "Jean Pontas". Biographie universelle ancienne et moderne: ou histoire, par ordre alphabétique, de la vie publique et privée de tous les hommes qui se sont fait remarquer par leurs écrits, leurs talents, leurs vertus ou leurs crimes. Pom – Quo (in French). Desplaces. p. 73. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Combeau, Yves (December 23, 2012). "L'Histoire de Notre-Dame de Paris : 850 ans... et toujours aussi belle !" (Podcast) (in French). Canal Académie. Retrieved October 10, 2019.