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A beautiful church and shrine of Paris's patron saint.
Although it's dwarfed by the Panthéon next door, I'm particularly fond of St-Etienne-du-Mont, both for its architecture and because it particularly conjures up ancient Paris. The church is a charming though curious mix of Renaissance and Gothic details (classical pediment here, Gothic vaulting there) with a magnificent stone rood screen (the only one in Paris) and a grandiose sculpted Baroque pulpit. A chapel on the right of the choir contains the neo-Gothic shrine of St-Geneviève, patron saint of Paris, said to have saved the city from Barbarian invasions in 451, with curly brasswork around an ancient stone sarcophagus and ex voto tablets inscribed with grateful messages.