Mende Cathedral

Mende, France

Dominated by the silhouette of its two differently-sized bell towers, the Mende Cathedral was built from the 14th century onwards at the request of Urbanus V, a pope from Gévaudan, whose bronze statue has stood on the forecourt since 1874. Once inside the building, discover the crypt of St. Privatus, the black Virgin dating from the 12th century, brought back from the East by the crusaders, the carved wooden stalls, the Aubusson tapestries from the early 18th century illustrating scenes from the Virgin's life, the 17th-century organs by the Eustache brothers, and more.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Religious sites in France

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Philippe Runel (16 months ago)
Bon choix. Bon accueil. Apporte du conseil.
ROBY FREG (16 months ago)
Très jolie ville... nous avons pu participer à de jolies animations pour Noël !
Yves Surmont (2 years ago)
Very nice church (for such a small place)
Alan C (2 years ago)
Interesting building from the outside, unfortunately we were visiting when it was closed.
Rene Stam (3 years ago)
Huge cathedral with a tombe underneath. Great sightseeing in this old city
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