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Fontaine Saint-Sulpice, Paris

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Known for its iconic façade with mismatched towers, Fontaine Saint-Sulpice has an unusual architectural history. It has a Romanesque foundation and a Baroque interior, and holds the Gnomon of Saint-Sulpice--an astronomical measurement device used to determine the position of the sun in the sky. The church has a long-standing tradition of inviting talented organists to play its 18th-century Great Organ, which has a rich palette of sounds. Inside, on either side of the entrance, are the two halves of an enormous shell (Tridacna gigas) given to King Francis I by the Venetian Republic. The shells function as fonts for holy water, resting on rock-like bases sculpted by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, who also sculpted a large white marble statue of Mary in the Lady Chapel. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Fontaine Saint-Sulpice and many more Paris attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Paris tour app.
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  • We walked past on our way to Luxembourg gardens. It's a beautiful building with a lovely fountain outside. Definitely worth a visit if in the area. 
    We walked past on our way to Luxembourg gardens. It's a beautiful building with a lovely fountain outside. Definitely worth a visit if in the area.  more »
  • Went by here as we walked Paris. This is an impressive building and the fountain outside us very love... a good location to visit 
    Went by here as we walked Paris. This is an impressive building and the fountain outside us very love... a good location to visit  more »
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  • It's a typical European cathedral with stained glass windows, gold decorated altars, chandeliers with amazing decor. It's way less crowded than the touristic ones. It's very dark inside though and I don't think that they can spend a lot to its upkeep since it's not that famous. It looks like it used to be very very rich in the past.
  • Like this place very much. I thought it was smaller than it actually is. Try to be there on Easter day to observe how its gnomon functions. Wish I can do this soon...

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