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Saint Germain des Prés was established in 543. It is home to centuries of history, art and culture, including holding the remains of philosopher, mathematician and physicist René Descartes. In the early 19th century famous writer and parishioner Victor Hugo worked to save and restore the building when it was slated for demolition after the French Revolution. Now, the church is in dire need of restoration.
American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to fund the restoration of Paris' oldest church. The foundation works with its French counterparts at The Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés Foundation to garner donations in the pursuit of preserving history.
Walking through Saint Germain des Prés is like taking a journey to the past. Witness centuries-old art depicting historical and religious figures, intricately decorated capitals portraying aspects of the Old and New Testaments, plants and animals and even monastic life.
Established in 543, Saint Germain des Prés is a top tourist destination in Paris. The Adopt a Saint Germain Star™ campaign is a fundraising effort for the restoration of the Monk's Choir ceiling in the church. Together, donors will breathe new life into this emblematic heritage site, preserving Saint Germain des Prés for generations to come.