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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Helene Lyt (20 months ago)
Very beautiful St. Michel cathedral in the heart of old town.
Marco Antonio (2 years ago)
Sospel is an amazing medieval town, so cozy, oh yeah, all the way up there to the top of the Alpes and you can go down hills towards the Italian side.
Zak Matten (2 years ago)
Excellent for such a small village
Beauvais J.Sebastien (2 years 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 (2 years ago)
Lovely cathedral
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