Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges Cathedral

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, France

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges Cathedral was originally built in the 12th century in Romanesque style. Over the northern and southern walls there are still Romanesque arches, the floor is made of marble and includes some tombs and sepulchurs. The cloister is also clearly Romanesque and offers an impressive view over the entire valley.

The Gothic part is built in the Meridional Gothic style. There is a single nave that is 55m long, 16m wide and 28m high. Over the arrow arches there are the coats of arms of the founding bishops. The stained glass windows are impressive with their intricate details, almost comparable to those of Auch.

The stalls within the choir were commissioned by Jean de Mauléon but because of the lack of documents it is impossible to name the artist that made them, although, by comparison with other stalls, these are often considered to be the work of Nicolas Bachelier, or rather, of his school which had been using artists from France, Spain and Italy. Most of the work was done in oak and walnut tree, and the choir seems to be separate from the rest of the church in that it contrasts so much with the Gothic and Romanesque parts.

The sixty-seven stalls represent characters from both the Old and the New Testaments.

Bizarrely, there is a stuffed crocodile inside the cathedral. This fact, as well as a general description of the cathedral itself and details of its history, features prominently in Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book, a ghost story by M. R. James.

The former cathedral has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Carlos Pinon (2 years ago)
A surprising little down that has a beautiful cathedral. 5€ entrance with audio guide to certain areas of the cathedral like the garden, where they hold mass and a small museum or you can enter free to see the other part of the cathedral. It is breathtaking the organ which is functional. It would be amazing to hear it in action. Apparently once a year in summer during a festival you are able to hear it.
Peter Fabian (3 years ago)
Nice and cozy place...
Classicdriver 1800S (3 years ago)
Magnificent place, embedded with the soul of centuries. Watch "the Name of the rose" before going to get in the mood of medieval monks lifes. This place is not just stone and beautiful architecture, it is spirituality
Phil Ginnings (3 years ago)
Pretty medieval bastide village on the Santiago di Compostela route. UNESCO World Heritage site.
Miriam Eslinger (3 years ago)
Absolutely stunning place: The Cathedral is amazing and walking through the medieval village center is like a step back in time. 100% recommend.
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