Elne Cathedral

Elne, France

The Romanesque style Elne Cathedral was consecrated in 1069. In 1285, during the Aragonese Crusade, French troops sacked the town and massacred the townspeople who had taken refuge in the cathedral.

Work began on rebuilding the cathedral in the 14th century but was never finished, which explains the irregular appearance of the main facade - the tower on the right was built at this time but not the tower on the left, so a much smaller tower was added later instead. The cathedral is notable for the lack of decorative stonework on the outside.

The cloisters were also built over the course of three hundred years, which explains why some parts are more ornamented than others - despite this the closters are very beautiful, with marble arches featuring interesting capital stones surrounding a nicely maintained garden. The cloisters now also contain a Museum of History and a Museum of Archaeology.

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Rue de l'Église 1, Elne, France
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Founded: 1069
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Amer Alhaj (4 years ago)
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Jesus E. Gabaldon (4 years ago)
Wonderful romanic building and excellent tour and service. Worth the trip...
Kitty Dee (4 years ago)
Historic, many stories to this town.
Giuseppe Mennella (5 years ago)
One of marvellous romanic style church in the Eastern Pyrenees. In the church there are some Retablos and the cloister is very nice
Eleanor C. (5 years ago)
Wonderfil views Pleasant parking nearby
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