Auxerre Cathedral

Auxerre, France

Auxerre Cathedral is known for its expansive stained glass windows. Most of the Burgundian Gothic cathedral was built between 1215 and 1233 above an 11th-century crypt. Construction continued until the 1540s when the cupola, in Renaissance style that takes the place of one pinnacle on the completed tower, was completed. The first building campaign erected the chevet at the liturgical east end, followed later in the century by a new façade and the bases of new towers at the west end (still linked to the apse end by the nave of the old cathedral). Construction on the nave and transepts proceeded slowly throughout the 14th and 15th centuries.

The narrative sculptural program of the portals on the west end are noted for their extent and variety. Guillaume de Seignelay, bishop of Auxerre decided to undertake the reconstruction of the older edifice about 1215, to which he set an example by contributing heavily and consistently from his own resources, and even bequeathed funds after his transfer to the see of Paris in 1220. The chevet was completed by his successor, Henri de Villeneuve (1220–34).

Stimulus was provided about 1270 by Jean de Châlons-Rochefort, who had recently become Count of Auxerre, having supported the Duke of Burgundy against his own brother, by marrying Alix, the heiress of Auxerre. He was the largest fief-holder in the Duchy and commemorated the new status of his fief of Auxerre by enriching the front of its chief ornament, the cathedral, whose Carolingian nave had been erected by his ancestor Hugh de Châlons, 10th-century bishop of Auxerre. Its program of sculpture was carried through long after his death and completed in the early 15th century.

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Founded: 1215-1233
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Joost Andringa (The Deaken) (2 years ago)
Nice cathedral to go inside.
Maria Barrera (2 years ago)
The architecture was fantastic and a calming spiritual place.
Florian Mayerthaler (2 years ago)
Extremely beautiful cathedral with superb lighting.
fl fourrichon (3 years ago)
Much more impressive if you get the chance to be guided with the anecdotes during a tour with the Priester. A way to discover and help you to understand better somes of the many details...
Thomas Kay (3 years ago)
Such great windows. A grand space in a beautiful medieval town.
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