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.
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.
Going in for a closer look reaps a greater reward: mosaics cover the exterior and many of the interior surfaces.
Outside of the church, like many churches, the parish’s war dead from the First World War are listed on a beautiful mosaic panel.
It’s a short visit, but well worth a stop.
19, rue des Abbesses (at Place des Abbesses)
Metro: Abbesses (Ligne 12), Pigalle (Ligne 2)