Lausanne Cathedral

Lausanne, Switzerland

Construction of the Lausanne Cathedral began in 1170. Twenty years later another master mason restarted construction until 1215. Finally a third engineer, Jean Cotereel, completed the majority of the existing cathedral including a porch, and two towers, one of which is the current day belfry. The other tower was never completed. The cathedral was consecrated and dedicated to Our Lady in 1275 by Pope Gregory X, Rudolph of Habsburg, and the bishop of Lausanne at the time, Guillaume of Champvent. The medieval architect Villard de Honnecourt drew the rose window of the south transept in his sketchbook in 1270.

The Protestant Reformation, a movement which came from Zurich, significantly affected the Cathedral. In 1536 a new liturgical area was added to the nave and the colourful decorations inside the Cathedral were covered over. Other major restorations occurred later in the 18th and 19th century which were directed by the great French architect, Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc.

During the 20th century major restorations occurred to restore the painted interior decorations as well as to restore a painted portal on the South side of the Cathedral. New organs were installed in 2003.

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Founded: 1170-1275
Category: Religious sites in Switzerland

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jigmet yangchan (5 months ago)
Awesome experience specially coz I had heard a duo lingo podcast about the guet and found it very interesting. So being able to see the place was superb. The view I stunning if you go to the top, you need to pay for it.
Samantha Donkin (6 months ago)
Great views from the belfry even the 222 steps are a bit of a workout. Beautiful stained glass windows.
Dumitru Iachim (6 months ago)
Great cathedral in the Centre of the city. Free entrance (hello Duomo). Peaceful and inspiring surroundings and just breathtaking views outside of it. Must be visited.
Elissar Linder (7 months ago)
Excellent view of the lake and the cathedral itself is very impressive. A must see!
Nipawan Barilier (7 months ago)
Beautiful cathedral in Lausanne. You can see city view from here
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