Along with numerous Paris museums old churches of the city are very popular tourist objects. And since any building is “growing old” with time, authorities of the city decided to assign more than 100 million Euro for the reconstruction of all Parisian churches which were built before 1905 (the year when the French law on the Separation of Church and State was passed – Loi du 9 décembre 1905 concernant la séparation des Eglises et de l’Etat).
At present, Paris city hall manages 96 religious objects. The major part of them is Catholic, but there are 2 synagogues and 9 Protestant churches.
One of the first-priority direction is renovation of the oldest shrine of the capital – the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, built as far back as 558.
The biggest sum of money for the reconstruction of churches in Paris will be taken from the city budget, but serious money is also to be granted by the state and private sponsors.