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Saint-Sauveur cathedral

Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur
Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur
Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur
Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur
Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur
Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur
Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur
Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur
Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur

Cathedral

The cathedral was built on the site of a temple to Apollo, so the legend goes, between the 5th to the 18th century.

The variety of its architecture is immediately visible on its frontage: to the right, or south, the 12th-century Romanesque gate adjoins a Roman wall, while to the left (north), the huge, richly carved Gothic gate from the 15th and 16th centuries is surmounted to the north by a bell tower erected between 1323 and 1425.

Inside are three naves of different styles (Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque), which flank the octagonal font which rests on a stand dating back to the 5th century.

Its central basin recalls the ancient rite of baptism by immersion. Crossing the chancel, we reach the cloister, built at the close of the 12th century.

It is a place which breathes tranquillity and elegance. Small in size, built with solid galleries, while the rich and varied decorations of the pillars are inspired by the animal and plant kingdoms, by fantasy and by the symbols of the evangelists.

As for the organ, the green and gold case was built by Jean-Esprit Isnard in 1745 and the instrumental part by De Ducroquet dates from 1855 both are listed historical monuments.

The organ was restored by Jean Dunand in 1972.

Wheelchair users wishing to visit the Cathedral should call the Cathédrale Vivante association on 04 42 23 47 40.

Informations

The cathedral is open every day from 8am to 7.30pm

Visit of Cloister in winter from 10am to 12pm and from 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Visit of the Cloister in summer from 10am to 12pm and from 2.30pm to 6pm
Public Holidays The Cloister is not visited.

Opening of the Triptych :
First Sunday of Advent to the Kings March
First Sunday of Easter until Pentecost Sunday
And from the first day of summer (June 21) to the journée du patrimoine

Facilities, Services and Conditions

General

  • card shop
  • derived objects (souvenirs etc.).

Activities

  • bookshop
  • concerts
  • exhibitions
  • guided tours

Parking

  • Public car park

Spoken language

  • french

Location