Montauban Cathedral

Montauban, France

Montauban Cathedral is the seat of the Bishopric of Montauban, created in 1317, abolished by the Concordat of 1801 and transferred to the Archdiocese of Toulouse, and restored in 1822.

The cathedral was Protestant from the start of the Wars of Religion until Catholicism returned to Montauban in 1629.

The construction of a new church, the present building, was agreed after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. The cornerstone of the new cathedral was laid in 1692, and the church was consecrated in 1739. Initially, the architect François d'Orbay supervised the works. When he died in 1697, he was succeeded by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte.

The towers frame the west façade, a pure product that applies all the conventions of classical art, i.e. an Ionic facade with a peristyle mounted by statues of the Four Evangelists which replaced the original statues. The interior is decorated with pilasters, metopes and triglyphs, and the cathedral's strict and elegant vertical lines make it a masterpiece of classical architecture. A famous painting by Ingres, 'The Vow of Louis XIII', hangs in the north arm of the transept.

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Founded: 1692
Category: Religious sites in France

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Philippe Szwarc (2 years ago)
Très belle cathédrale. Le portail occidental est très imposant. Belle peinture d'Ingres dedans.
Darmik zaz (2 years ago)
Merci messieurs Labé ségy je vous adore vous êtes le pilier de la cathédrale'on vous aime que dieu nous pardonne
Stéphane POREE (2 years ago)
Très belle cathédrale, ne pas hésiter à s'y arrêter
Sergey Prokopenko (2 years ago)
Редкое сооружение из тесаного камня в царстве красного кирпича :) Власти Старого порядка не пожалели средств на именитых архитекторов и на редкие в этих краях стройматериалы, чтобы показать могущество и уникальность Католической Церкви. Яркий контраст!
Gilles Romero (3 years ago)
Une messe de baptême comme jamais ! Tout le monde, plus de 50 personnes, a adoré. Le prêtre, responsable de la cathédrale, est grandiose et hyper simple. L Église du Christ comme on l aime !!!
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