Church of Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois


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In context : From the Louvre to the Palais-Royal : 8 riddles to solve

(From : Rue du Pélican). Exit the Cour Carrée on du Louvre street's side, opposite the church.

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  • The ball of rats

    Can you find it ? Tip : it is located under a gargoyle above a courtyard on the left side of the church (closed on sundays). The rats appear to come out of it.

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The place

Located right beside the 1st district's town hall, which forms with the church a coherent architectural ensemble, Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois is associated with the bloody events of the night of Saint-Bartholomew.

During this night, on August 23rd-24th, 1572, its ringing bells are supposed to have given the signal that started the massacre of the Protestants by the Roman Catholics.

More info
  • Opening hours - Monday to friday : 8am to 7pm ; Saturday and Sunday : 9am to 8pm
  • The history of Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois - Founded in the VIIth century, the church was rebuilt many times and is consequently a mixture of Roman, Gothic and Renaissance styles. Go see the exterior porch in particular, with a large rose window and a balustrade above.
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