An Overlooked Treat: the Saint-Sulpice

Make your way to the Saint-Sulpice Cathedral in Paris and you’ll find the satisfaction you craved -and missed out on- at La Notre Dame.

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After surviving the chaos that surrounded the Notre Dame, the Saint-Sulpice (almost pronounced san-sool-peace) was a walk in the park. The second largest cathédrale in Paris seemed just as impressive, if not more so, than the Notre Dame because the building wasn’t drowning beneath a sea of tourists.

What she lacks in size, the Saint-Sulpice makes up for in quirks.

If Notre Dame is a classy lady, the Saint-Sulpice is her free-spirited cousin. With her mis-matched towers and bizarre decorations (giant clam shells, a massive obelisk Da Vinci fans may recognize, and underwhelming woven chairs in lieu of pews) Saint-Sulpice has a character all its own. Having christened the Marquis de Sade and Charles Baudelaire (suffice it to say these are two of France’s more, uh, complicated authors) and having hosted the wedding of Victor Hugo, the church’s history makes it an inherently interesting visit, too.

Which one of these things is not like the other…

Best of all, the Saint-Sulpice is a hit for visitors with kids of all ages.

  • Safety: Fewer tourists overall means fewer scary trinket peddlers.
  • The fountain. What kids don’t like water and lions?
  • If you hit it on a weekday, the huge square, Place de Saint-Sulpice, is a great place for kids to run around and burn off some energy.
  • Want to go inside? It’s free. Give those ankle-biters a lollipop and venture in the church without fear of losing your little one in the throng of people.

It’s also a great place for little ones to sleep.

Have you ever been to the Saint-Sulpice? I won’t call it a ‘best-kept-secret’ because calling something a best-kept-secret is a great way to ruin a perfectly secret monument. So instead: Saint-Sulpice. A waste of time. Stop. Don’t go. Wait…

Just enjoy these photos instead, and keep the place empty for the rest of us.

À la prochaine,

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