Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, Bayonne

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Massive, Gothic, and incredibly detailed, it comes as no surprise that Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne took over four centuries to build. The Roman Catholic church serves as the seat of the bishop of the township and neighboring towns. Though originally of Romanesque design, two fires led to its total reconstruction in the 13th century. The current church wasn't completed until the 17th century, while its two landmark twin spires are 19th-century additions. Step inside to view the equally impressive interior, filled with art and stained glass windows. Plan a Bayonne trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • A stunning building with brilliant stained glass all round. Shame the spires were covered in scaffolding. Inside the cloisters there were a dozen or so apprentices from something called ‘Compagnons....  more
    A stunning building with brilliant stained glass all round. Shame the spires were covered in scaffolding. Inside the cloisters there were a dozen or so apprentices from something called ‘Compagnons....  more »
  • This was one of the highlights of our stay end May. It is an astounding landmark on the Compostelle pilgrimage. The stained glass windows ranked amongst the most stunning we have seen in France. Just....  more
    This was one of the highlights of our stay end May. It is an astounding landmark on the Compostelle pilgrimage. The stained glass windows ranked amongst the most stunning we have seen in France. Just....  more »
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  • Beautiful gothic cathedral built in the 1500s. It looks like a bit smaller version of Notre Dame in Paris. Vitrails and paintings are very nice. Highly recommend if you are in or close to Bayonne.
  • The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Bayonne or Cathedral of Our Lady of Bayonne (French: Cathédrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne or Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayonne; Basque: Santa Maria kedrala or Andre Maria kedrala), commonly known as Bayonne Cathedral , is a Roman Catholic church in the city of Bayonne, France. It is the seat of the former Bishops of Bayonne, now Bishops of Bayonne, Lescar and Oloron. The cathedral is in the Gothic architectural tradition. The site was previously occupied by a Romanesque cathedral that was destroyed by two fires in 1258 and 1310. Construction of the current cathedral began in the 13th century and was completed in the early 17th century, except for the two towers which were not finished until the 19th century. The structure has been extensively restored and remodeled, notably by Émile Boeswildwald, an architect for the French government in the 19th century and a student of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. The cathedral contains the relics of Saint Leo of Bayonne, 9th-century Bishop of Bayonne and evangelizer of the Basque Country. The cathedral sits on the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Way and, as part of the Santiago de Compostela Routes in France, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998.

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