Once a powerful Benedictine abbey, Saint-Germain-des-Prés was a city within the city until most of it was demolished after the French Revolution. Today's church is all that is left of the monastery. The abbey was founded in 558 by King Childebert I, as a tribute to St. Germanus, bishop of Paris. The abbey had a huge intellectual and spiritual influence from the 8th Century on. The abbey's ruins reflect its troubled history. It was ransacked and rebuilt many times along the years and different eras cohabit in today's church. Among the oldest parts are the chancel and the ambulatory, both from the 12th Century. The church's garden hosts a sculpture by Picasso: a tribute to French poet Guillaume Apollinaire.
- Nearest Train: Saint Germain-des-Prés