Notre-Dame Church

Vitré, France

The church of Notre-Dame was founded around 1060 by Robert I of Vitré and donated in 1116 to the Abbey of Saint-Melaine in Rennes. It was almost entirely rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries: only the choir remains of the old church, whose windows were modified in the 15th century. The southern façade, built in two campaigns (1480-1500 and 1530-1540) has seven gables separated by pinnacle buttresses. It is adorned with a beautiful pulpit for preaching. The west façade dates from the 1580s, its door has kept its original leaves, dated 1586. The collateral and the north crosspiece were rebuilt in 1467. The spire of the central tower (1420-1442) was rebuilt in stone in 1858.

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Founded: c. 1060
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Anh Tung Vu (11 months ago)
Little cathedral at Vitré, steps from the castle.
Arlene Buzon-Tan (2 years ago)
Magnificent church built in the 15th/16th century. It features ornately carved decorative elements, and an extremely rare outside pulpit. Beautiful stained glass windows. Definitely worth visiting if you’re in Vitre!
Janka Dolezal (4 years ago)
Very nice huge cathedral over 600 years old , the tower is under renovation
Rosalind Lund (5 years ago)
Dear little town. Church worth a quick visit. Notable for outside pulpit.
Alan Pembshaw (7 years ago)
very beautiful - great stained glass windows and ceiling
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