Sospel Cathedral

Sospel, France

Sospel Cathedral formerly the seat of the schismatic Bishopric of Sospel, created in 1378. Apart from a belltower of either the 11th or the 13th century, from the Lombard period of Sospel's history, the cathedral was built between 1642 and 1762, and is claimed to be the largest building in the Alpes-Maritimes. The Renaissance façade is from 1642, and contains in two niches the statues of the town's protectors, Saint Hippolytus and Saint Absende. Inside, the principal feature is the altarpiece in carved wood in three panels, containing the figure of the 'Immaculate Virgin of Sospel'. It is by the artist François Brea, of a family of artists from Nice, from the 15th or early 16th century.

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Founded: 1642-1762
Category: Religious sites in France

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Beauvais J.Sebastien (18 months ago)
Hidden treasure there! Don’t miss the visit in the village and to walk to the cathedrale. The square outside is a pure Provençal baroque style. A real joy and so unexpected! To enjoy it fully don’t miss the baroque music festival first week holidays of July! Les BaroQuiales de Sospel ... See you there!
Emily Barnes (19 months ago)
Lovely cathedral
Astrid Helgesen (21 months ago)
Beautiful cathedral from an epoch when Sospel was clearly an important town
Monique Könning (2 years ago)
Beautiful Cathedrale in an exceptional square. The facade is wonderful and colorful. And the interior is amazing, especially as it's quite a small town. The ceiling is stunning. It's mostly pink with a beautiful fresco in the middle. Both sides of the altar have beautiful sculprures. One is St. Michel and the other one is Jean d'Arc. This cathedrale is definitely worth a visit!
Michele Barbieri (2 years ago)
Surprisingly huge and sumptuous for a small town like Sospel. Very well kept.
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