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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Nipawan Barilier (45 days ago)
Beautiful cathedral in Lausanne. You can see city view from here
Rooz Izadi (2 months ago)
A tall cathedral with beautiful architecture. You can climb up and go all the way to the top and have stunning view of the city, the harbor, the lake and the French mountains. I highly recommend visiting this place...
Sam Hallak (2 months ago)
It was closed unfortunately, but stunning from the outside
Junaid Ghani (5 months ago)
Worth visiting if you're in the city. Has. Great views of the city from the top
Thomas Rohlik (6 months ago)
Such an epic building with peaceful vibes and amazing architecture. I personally like the church organ and altar there. What is also great is that you can go inside for free of charge. You can even take a pictures but be thoughtful to others who meditate or prays here .
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