St. Andrew's Church

Bayonne, France

St. Andrew's Church is a neo-Gothic parish church in central Bayonne. The church was designed by architects Hippolyte Durand and Hippolyte Guichenné and built in the neo-Gothic style between 1856 and 1869, under Napoléon III's reign. It was built on the site of a former Jansenist high school. Its construction was mainly funded by a bequest from banker Jacques Taurin de Lormand, who died in 1847. The town council allocated additional money for ending the works and purchasing furniture. The church was consecrated on March 7, 1862. The Capuchins' Church neighboring St Andrew's was demolished.

On December 13, 1895, the vault partly collapsed on the organ lofts because the ground was swampy. The 74-meter-high spires, which were too heavy, were demolished in 1901 and replaced by the two current belfry towers in 1903.

In the shape of a Latin cross, the church's design was inspired from the 13th-century Gothic churches with two front towers and an imposing rosette over the doors. It has three ribbed naves.

The inside of the church features a painting by Léon Bonnat (1833-1922) of Bayonne, which represents the Assumption of Mary. Another painting by Joseph Pascau (1875-1944) of Bayonne shows the Holy Family. The pipe organ was donated by Napoléon III in 1862 and inaugurated on April 9, 1836.



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Founded: 1856-1869
Category: Religious sites in France

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Bruno Chopart (4 months ago)
Belle exposition sur Biarritz de ses débuts à maintenant Dommage que le lieux ne soit pas mieux indiqué
ludovic primault (5 months ago)
Small museum in an old church from the 19th century but which traces the history of the city well.
Jose Martin (3 years ago)
Excellent place to discover a little history of Biarritz
Pablo Rengifo (3 years ago)
Avoid the museum if you don't speak french. also the museum is actually just one room so €6 for the ticket seems unjustified.
Amy Redston (5 years ago)
Pretty awful and not accessible to non French speakers.
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