Chapelle St Rita in the Heart of Seedy Pigalle

Next time you’re in Paris visiting Butte Montmartre and you’ve made a stop at boulevard de Clichy to snap a few photographs of the Moulin Rouge, turn around. Located directly behind the fabled cabaret, at number 65 next to a budget hotel, sex shops and in the vicinity of Musée de l’Erotisme is Chapelle Sainte Rita.

Chapelle Ste Rita, 65 boulevard de Clichy

Known as the patron saint of desperate causes, it is said that the Pigalle crowd of the oldest profession in the world has adopted St Rita as their own. The modern-looking chapel occupies the ground floor of a building where the legendary Toulouse-Lautrec was deemed to have lived at some point in time. Inaugurated in 1956 and renovated in 2007, the stained glass window of Sainte Rita’s figure peers from a dark wooden surround, seemingly oblivious to the passing crowds.

Chapelle Ste Rita altar

We paid a little visit inside. The modest chapel had bare walls and a small altar with pine chairs arranged in a semi-circular pattern. There was an elderly gentleman kneeling in prayer, a heavily pregnant African woman lighting a candle in front of the statue of St Rita, and a couple of older people who sat down for a quiet prayer. Not a tourist destination by any means and hardly the place to interrupt with the click of a camera.

For the devout, there is a shop inside the building beside the chapel selling religious souvenirs and vigil candles.

Chapelle Ste Rita from the outside Chapelle Ste Rita stained glass

Chapelle Sainte Rita
65, Boulevard de Clichy
Opposite le Moulin Rouge
Paris 18eme
Métro: Blanche

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.

5 Comments:

  1. What a lovley little spot – I love it! I visited the Moulin Rouge a few years back but didn’t know to turn around! That stained glass is so simple and pretty :-) Something for my next visit perhaps  :-)

    • Shannon: Same with me on previous visits. We tend to go for the obvious when there are little gems like this one around!

  2. Just returned from a trip to France with Golden Frontiers of St. Louis and our last full day in Paris we celebrated Mass at this chapel and the sisters were overjoyed at our choosing them.

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