Rieux Cathedral was the seat of the Ancien Régime diocese of Rieux, created in 1317 and dissolved in 1790. The cathedral was built on the site of 13th century church and contains defensive elements from the old fortified church. Its 43 meters high octagonal tower is built in Toulouse style.

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Founded: 1317
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Gil Moura (9 months ago)
A fascinating tourist spot made me remember my childhood when I made the first communion
Dorothée Pottiez (10 months ago)
This village is one of the most beautiful detours in France ... We quickly walk around it but this cathedral, huge, grandiose, which suddenly appears at the end of the street is really worth seeing if we pass in the corner
Catherine Breitenstein (10 months ago)
Very beautiful cathedral, well maintained and in a quiet location. Close to the car park and easy to access
Dina Glyde (15 months ago)
A very beautiful building of red bricks, as found in the region. A beautiful interior decoration. Its majestic tower overlooking the city.
Angelique Hurtado (2 years ago)
Sympathique sortie en famille 1er weekend de mai Grande fête historique au village Fête foraine ,tir à l'arc , bière artisanale
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