Église Sainte-Croix

Bordeaux, France

The Church of the Holy Cross (Église Sainte-Croix) was formerly the church of a Benedictine abbey founded in the 7th century, and was built in the late 11th-early 12th centuries. The façade is in the Romanesque architectural style.

The church has a nave and four aisles, a transept with apses on each arm, and a polygonal apse. The nave is 39 m long, while the apse is 15.30 m high. Its organ dates from the 18th century.

In the 19th century, the church was renovated by Paul Abadie. The former Benedictine abbey now houses the École des beaux-arts de Bordeaux.



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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Niaz Bayr (2 years ago)
It's a beautiful old church must to visit and see it. And around there is really good restaurants bars.
Patricia Klein (2 years ago)
The Church is often open all day the first Sunday of the month.
Geoff T (3 years ago)
Closed because of vandalism
Antoine M (3 years ago)
One of the most fascinating abbey churches I visited in Bordeaux. The Romanesque façades is just the beginning of a memorable experience for me. Long impressive four aisles nave, with impressive apse on both sides of the High Altar. There are some beautiful paintings. It's spectacular stained-glass windows give a very bright natural light which really gives the church a glorious ambience. A national monument and one of the places to visit in Bordeaux.
joby akkara (4 years ago)
Nice church
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The Church of the Holy Cross

The church of the former Franciscan monastery was built probably between 1515 and 1520. It is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Rauma. The church stands by the small stream of Raumanjoki (Rauma river).

The exact age of the Church of the Holy Cross is unknown, but it was built to serve as the monastery church of the Rauma Franciscan Friary. The monastery had been established in the early 15th century and a wooden church was built on this location around the year 1420.

The Church of the Holy Cross served the monastery until 1538, when it was abandoned for a hundred years as the Franciscan friary was disbanded in the Swedish Reformation. The church was re-established as a Lutheran church in 1640, when the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was destroyed by fire.

The choir of the two-aisle grey granite church features medieval murals and frescoes. The white steeple of the church was built in 1816 and has served as a landmark for seafarers.