Métro: Saint Sulpice (line 4), Mabillon (line 10), Odéon (line 4 and 10)
Address: Place Saint-Sulpice - 2, rue Palatine, 75006 Paris
Hours: everyday from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm
I have to say that I am usually not a big fan of visiting churches and cathedrals in France because I find them dark and a bit spooky. However, I was intrigued by Saint Sulpice's unusual architecture as well as its Delacroix murals. One of my favorite thing was actually the courtyard in front of it and I felt like I was traveling to Rome for a second. Thanks to Napoleon who chose to destroy part of the Church to install a fountain instead.
Delacroix was commissioned by the city of Paris in 1849 to complete this mural. He worked on it from 1855 to 1861. Surprisingly, he did not choose to paint angels as we can imagine them (cute and peaceful aka angelic) but rather as combatant and determined. I say why not, let's be rebellious for once!
Just for the anecdote, Victor Hugo got married in Saint Sulpice as well as Robespierre.
Hope you enjoyed our little visit to Saint Sulpice. It's actually a pretty cool one. And that's why it is mentioned in the Da Vinci Code (scene with the meridian)!