Arras Cathedral

Arras, France

The original cathedral of Arras, constructed between 1030 and 1396, was one of the most beautiful Gothic structures in northern France, until it was destroyed in the French Revolution. The cathedral was the resting place of Louis de Bourbon, Légitimé de France, illegitimate son of Louis XIV and Louise de La Vallière.

In 1833 the church of the former St. Vaast's Abbey was rebuilt in classical style as a replacement cathedral. The design was chosen by the former abbot of St. Vaast's, the Cardinal de Rohan, and is of remarkable simplicity. Arras Cathedral was destroyed by shelling in April 1917, during the run-up to the Nivelle offensives of World War I. It was subsequently rebuilt in its previous form.



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Rue Méaulens 14, Arras, France
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Founded: 1833
Category: Religious sites in France


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Philippe GALL (22 months ago)
A voir absolument
Olivier Lacour (2 years ago)
Une des plus belles que l'homme ait construit. Comme quoi, l'esclavage est utile !! Sentiment de grandeur!!! Superbe crèche
X Winczlawski (2 years ago)
Peter Nijman (2 years ago)
Een zeer mooie ingetogen kathedraal. Beslist een bezoek waard.
Rennie Schafer (3 years ago)
I genuinely think this is one of the most impressive cathedrals in Europe. The place is huge and the stain glass windows are beautiful. The place has so much more natural light that allows you to appreciate the glass and the architecture. There are tours to the top of the tower which gives great views over the area. If you can catch an organ recital then you are really in for a treat, the acoustics are amazing. There is no much parking in the vicinity so you will probably need to park elsewhere and walk in. Well worth the trip though.
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