Béziers Cathedral

Béziers, France

St.Nazaire cathedral is te main sight in Béziers. This grandiose Romanesque cathedral dates from the 13th century. It was erected on the site of an earlier building which was destroyed during the Massacre at Béziers in the Albigensian Crusade. It occupies one of the best sites in town: from the concourse in front of the cathedral there are beautiful views out over the surrounding vineyards and towards the foothills of the Massif Central to the north.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Etienne Boeracker (11 months ago)
Lovely cathedral, quiet music played inside. Photo gallery shows details and paper guide in 4 language available including Dutch!
Christian Gross (12 months ago)
Nice cathedral. Even nicer is the scenic view across the hinterland from in front of the cathedral.
Daniel Smed (12 months ago)
Easy to get to and nice hike in the mountains if you want to
Fabien Deboyser (12 months ago)
Must see in Beziers. Went to the mass, was very interesting. In French.
Phil Rees (13 months ago)
Wonderful historic place just as Peggy said
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