St. Augustine's Church, Paris

Église Saint-Augustin de Paris

St. Augustine's Church, a beautiful 19th-century Roman Catholic shrine, was the first in Paris to be built on a metal framework. The impressively high Byzantine-style dome of the church makes it a stunning landmark easily recognizable on the Parisian skyline.

Paris's population increased significantly between 1852 and 1870, during the Second Empire. The capital became a permanent construction site for dwellings, sidewalks, sewers, stations, churches, and public buildings. One of them was Église Saint-Augustin or the Church of St. Augustine.

St. Augustine's Church is the only shrine designed by French architect Victor Baltar, the author of the twelve pavilions of Les Halles (Paris' former central market) and several church restorations throughout his career.

If you enjoy seeing the incredible evolution of architecture among Paris' historic buildings, you must visit this Roman Catholic church while in the French capital.

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St. Augustine's Church Architecture

St. Augustine's Church, built between 1860 and 1871, measures 100 meters / 328 feet in length, 80 meters / 262 feet in height at the lantern, and 25 meters / 82 feet in diameter. 

For the first time, the construction of a church of this size has a metal frame lined with stone. Baltard did not conceal the metal: the metallic framework is visible at the level of the vault and columns.

At Saint Augustine's, you'll find mixed architectural styles. The church is Romanesque in the nave with semicircular arches, Byzantine in the choir with its dome, antique in the ciborium, and Renaissance in some places.

The entire structure stands supported by golden cast-iron pillars embellished with polychrome angels. The circular choir has a huge cast-iron ciborium and leads to three chapels, each dominated by an open gallery.

The stained glass design in the nave represents geometric figures at the first level and saints and martyrs at the third level. That is why the principal longitudinal area of the church appears so dark.

Charles Spackman Barker, a British inventor and organ builder, designed the organ. It was one of the first organs to use electricity when it opened in 1868.

The red steel spire with its golden cross towers above the slate blue steel dome. Across the arched doors of the impressive facade, we can see the four evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). We can also see the twelve apostles under the gigantic rose window, composed of 85 pieces. 

St. Augustine's Church in Pictures

Église Saint-Augustin de Paris

Église Saint-Augustin de Paris

Église Saint-Augustin de Paris

Église Saint-Augustin de Paris

Église Saint-Augustin de Paris

Église Saint-Augustin de Paris

Saint-Augustin Paris

Église Saint-Augustin de Paris

Église Saint-Augustin de Paris

How to Get to St. Augustine's Church

The impressive Church of St. Augustine stands in the 8th arrondissement, between Boulevard Malesherbes and Avenue César Caire, in the district formerly known as "Little Poland."

Address: 8 Avenue César Caire, 75008 Paris
Official website: Parroise Saint-Augustin 

Public Transportation

Bus (lines 20, 28, 32, 43, 80): Saint-Augustin 
Metro (line 9): Saint-Augustin
Train (lines J, L, TER): Gare Saint-Lazare

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St. Augustine's Church Opening Hours

8:30 am to 6:30 pm
9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Entrance to the church is free of charge.

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