Paris, France: Saint-Sulpice Church – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite

Paris, France: Saint-Sulpice Church – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite


But the church I like
to visit in Paris, especially on Sunday mornings, is Saint-Sulpice,
to enjoy its magnificent pipe organ,
arguably the greatest in Europe. For organ lovers,
a visit here is a pilgrimage. After Mass, enthusiasts
from around the world scamper like 16th notes
up the spiral stairs into a world
of 7,000 pipes. Before electricity,
it took three men working out on these
18th-century Stairmasters to fill the bellows
which powered the organ. The current organist,
Daniel Roth, carries on the tradition of welcoming guests
into the loft to see the organ in action. As his apprentices
pull and push the many stops that engage
the symphony of pipes, a commotion of music lovers crowd around
a tower of keyboards and watch the master at work. St. Sulpice has a rich history, with a line of
12 world-class organists going back over 300 years. Like kings or presidents, the lineage is
charted on the wall, and overseeing all this,
Johann Sebastian Bach. This sacred music
continues to fill the spiritual sails
of St. Sulpice, as it has for centuries.

16 Replies to “Paris, France: Saint-Sulpice Church – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide – Travel Bite”

  1. So relaxing – looking forward to seeing this up close. Thanks for sharing – great video Rick! 😍😍✌✌

  2. So sad that Notre Dame fire happened but not mentioned in this video. Rick you are amazing and I love watching your videos and find you an inspiration but am saddened to see this released two days after the fire of Notre Dame and nothing mentioned. I'm sure it's just an oversight and you will post something about our beloved Notre Dame in tribute soon.

  3. A fire broke out in Saint-Sulpice some weeks ago, but the fire brigade managed to put it out before it destroyed the building. So sad the same did not happen with Notre Dame..

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