Neo-Gothic Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Paris

by Arūnas
Basilique Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours
Designed in the Neo-Gothic style according to the plans of the Redemptorist brother Gérard at the end of the 19th century, the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is one of the five minor basilicas of Paris.

The basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Perpétuel-Secours) is located in the middle of the neighboring buildings and only a 62 m (203 ft) high cast-iron spire indicates its existence. The apsidal part and the sides of the building are clad in a dark brick wall with white stone elements. 

The interior is divided into three floors and covered with a ribbed vault. There is only one nave but the fourteen side chapels give the impression that there are three. Columns and pillars are with capitals that are decorated with figurative scenes and floral motifs and have inscriptions with texts from the litany of Mary. The organ is one of the largest organs in Paris, with 64 registers divided over four manuals and pedal.

I discovered this church, hidden between buildings, quite by accident, even did not notice its high spire. After I visited the Père-Lachaise cemetery, I was just wandering slowly and thoughtfully through the streets of Paris, and… voilà!.. here is the church! An interesting experience.

Although the architecture of the church did not impress me so much, as I am neither a Gothic nor a Neo-Gothic fan, it was worth a visit – the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is full of the Spirit of Paris and architecturally quite different from the Neo-Gothic churches that I have seen in Italy, Spain or other European countries.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Useful information
55, boulevard de Ménilmontant
75011, Paris
France
Monday
09:00 – 19:45
Tuesday
09:00 – 19:45
Wednesday
09:00 – 19:45
Thursday
07:45 – 19:45
Friday
07:45 – 19:45
Saturday
09:00 – 19:45
Sunday
09:00 – 19:45

Free entry.

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The church stands opposite the famous Père-Lachaise cemetery in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. The nearest metro station is Père Lachaise on lines 2 and 3. The building has no facade on the street and is accessible via a passage between the block of houses.

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