The only church that most visitors to Versailles see is the Château’s own chapel. This is understandable, of course, because it’s the Château that people come to see. Today, however, we’re going to explore 2 churches in the town of Versailles, the Church of Our Lady (Notre-Dame) and the Cathedral of St. Louis.
Let’s begin with the older one, the Église Notre-Dame, or the Church of Our Lady.
This church was built quite early in the development of Versailles. It was erected by Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646-1708) between 1684 and 1686, presumably in the time that he could spare from his work at the Château. Remember that Louis XIV had only moved into the Château for good in 1682.
Before the chapel that we see today was completed in 1710, there were other chapels in the Château, but the town needed a church, too, hence the construction of Notre-Dame in the Rue de la Paroisse. If you walk northward from the Château, you can make the church out as you approach the Place Hoche.