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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Marianne Heredge (2 years ago)
Beautiful old cathedral, largest in the Alpes Maritimes. Lovely square with chapels and restaurants.
Oliver Liebmann (2 years ago)
What a nice cathedral. I haven't been inside, but it must look very beautiful. Stunning architecture
Tania Ann (3 years ago)
A gorgeous little village with a cathedral that comes with a lot of history.
Helene Lyt (4 years ago)
Very beautiful St. Michel cathedral in the heart of old town.
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