Arriving in Paris, the top priority was dumping the luggage and diving head-first into the city. Seeking croissant and café along Rue des Abbesses, I was distracted by a church with open doors. One of the famous Paris history shields outside of the gate provided enough information about its role in the community and interesting construction to lure me inside.

Histoire de Paris sign Montmartre

Saint Jean de Montmartre is very simple in structure, but rather marvelous in decoration. The concrete construction and modest colour scheme has a shock of lovely stained glass windows.

Inside the church Saint Jean de Montmartre Stained glass and mosaic Saint Jean de Montmartre
 Stained glass Saint Jean de Montmartre

Going in for a closer look reaps a greater reward: mosaics cover the exterior and many of the interior surfaces.

Mosaic Saint Jean de Montmartre Mosaic altar Saint Jean de Montmartre
Mosaic entryway Saint Jean de Montmartre

Outside of the church, like many churches, the parish’s war dead from the First World War are listed on a beautiful mosaic panel.

Mosaic church Saint Jean de Montmartre Mosaic panel Saint Jean de Montmartre

It’s a short visit, but well worth a stop.

Paroisse Saint Jean de Montmartre

19, rue des Abbesses (at Place des Abbesses)

Metro: Abbesses (Ligne 12), Pigalle (Ligne 2)

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