Comfort Hotel Gennevilliers
18 bis boulevard Gallieni
Phone: (33) 1 47939332
Fax: (33) 1 47339906
Named for the patron saint of Paris and Nanterre, where she was born in 420 CE, the église Sainte-Geneviève welcomes the faithful into its rose-hued walls. Inside, the 1893 John and Edwin Abbey organ provides musical accompaniment to masses, ceremonies and parties, marriages and funerals, as well as classical concerts. Mass is offered once each day except for Monday, and twice on Sunday at 8:30a and 10:30a Call for details.
The first church was built in 475. It housed the tomb of Saint-Denis, who according to legend, carried his head there after he was beheaded. In the 12th Century, the first stone of the basilica was laid. Therein followed the construction of the nave and the chancel, which is decorated with ornate rose windows. This abbey is a prime example of Gothic architecture. At one time, all French monarchs were buried here. During the French Revolution, the Basilica of Saint Denis was pillaged and the bodies exhumed. The 13th and 14th-century funerary sculptures, and the archaeological and Roman crypts are remarkable.
Since 1858 there have been three churches dedicated to Saint Michel situated around La Fourche. Saint Michel des Batignolles was constructed in 1925 as the premier work of architect Chanoine Baston. Its clock tower is crowned with an incredible shining gold statue of Saint Michel. The church occasionally hosts classical and choral concerts.
Considered to be the largest park in the 17th arrondissement, Square des Batignolles is spread across four acres (1.62 hectares). This landscaped English garden was designed by Jean-Charles Alphand, Jean-Pierre Barillet-Deschamps and Gabriel Davioud on a remote countryside for Napoleon III. It features a pond, walkways, lush trees, playgrounds, lawns, stone bridges, pavilions, tea-houses and gazebos. It is an idyllic spot for locals to relax in the midst of nature.
Montmartre neighborhood is famous for the abundance of art and artists it has contained. Various artists belonging to different creative genres have left their mark here. One such famous place in this neighborhood is the Place Suzanne Buisson. This square has been labelled romantic by locals and tourists alike. The square has an elegance and old world charm that lures anyone who enters it. The most famous artifact or statue that adorns this place, is of the "headless" St. Denis, who brought Christianity to Paris and therefore, was beheaded. You can catch a glimpse of the houses and art studios of some of the most famous artists in history, at this little square. This one is for all those arty-types. For more information, call +33 8 9268 300.
Home to the annual Harvest Festival, Clos Montmartre is a charming Montmarte vineyard dating back to 1933. Spread over an area of 1500 square meters (16145.9 square feet), this hilltop winery sells a variety of wines for a good cause. Proceeds benefit a number of charities throughout the city. Clos Montmarte is open to the public every day of the week and is an excellent destination to experience a vineyard in the heart of Paris.
In a town as charming as Montmarte, there's no telling what you may miss by staying on the beaten path. There is a statue known as Le Passe-Muraille that honors the work of local author Marcel Aymé, who wrote a short story about a common man who discovers his unique powers to pass through solid walls. This sculpture features the bronze image of a man passing through an ordinary wall. The figure's left hand has been polished by the hands of tourists attempting to pull him free.
This 17th Arrondissement church was constructed in 1821 and later expanded in 1851. It features classical Greek architecture by Molinos, marked by the notable absence of a bell tower and the giant pillars at the entryway. Legend has it that a worker found a small statue of the Virgin Mary when constructing the Church's foundations, thus the building was dedicated to her name. Sainte Marie des Batignolles occasionally hosts classical and choral concerts, and has a capacity for 100 people.
Rue de la Haie Coq was originally apart of the commune of Aubervilliers, but it was brought under Paris as around the year 1930. Starting from the limits of Aubervilliers, the street ends at Skanderberg Square (Place Skanderberg). A great place to explore the local life in the 19th Arrondissement, tourists will find cafes, shops and a lot more lining this street. Contact the Tourist Information Service on +33 8 3668 3112 for further information.
A remarkable "accessory" to this church is the organ, built in the beginning of the 17th Century and restored in 1990. The church itself was built in 1541 under the rule of François the First, representing a wide variety of architectural styles: the church body is the flamboyant gothic style of the 15th Century, the steeple represents the Renaissance, and the 1628 façade is in the Jesuit style.
This giant basilica is hard to miss. Rising above the city atop the highest point in Paris, Butte Montmartre, the Sacré-Cœur, Paris was constructed in 1914. It's tortured history is both a political and cultural testament to rebels throughout French history. A Roman-Byzantine style structure, the basilica features a five pipe organ, one of the largest mosaics in the world, a meditation garden, and one of the best views of the city from the top of the dome. However, please be advised cameras and recording equipment are not allowed in the basilica.
Why does the Place du Tertre swarm with mediocre artists clamoring to paint your portrait? As is often the case in Paris, it's Baron Haussmann's fault! But for once, the baron did some good along with the damage when, by razing many working-class neighborhoods in central Paris, he unwittingly encouraged the development of Montmartre (which had been annexed to Paris in 1860). Around 1880 began the transformation of the Butte (Hill) from a country village into the home of hordes of artists and other marginalized folk who no longer had a place in Haussmann's grandiose central Paris. At the foot of Montmartre cabarets thrived - up top on the Place du Tertre, an unimaginably (to us) intense period of artistic activity took hold. The Place saw movements from Impressionism to Cubism to Fauvism to Surrealism come and go, right up to the eve of World War I, such greats as Renoir, Picasso, Braque, Dufy, Cézanne, Manet, and Toulouse-Lautrec painted here and, often, kept studios and living quarters in the adjacent streets. These days, despite the oppressive, constant tourist crush on the square, one can still discover that old-time Paris feeling here - not to mention the fact that some of the current painters aren't too bad at all!