Bayonne Cathedral

Bayonne, France

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Bayonne is the seat of the former Bishops of Bayonne, now the Bishops of Bayonne, Lescar, and Oloron. The cathedral is in the Gothic architectural tradition.

The site was previously occupied by a Romanesque cathedral that was destroyed by two fires in 1258 and 1310. Construction of the present cathedral began in the 13th century and was completed at the beginning of the 17th, except for the two spires which were not finished until the 19th century. The structure has been much restored and refurbished, notably by Émile Boeswildwald, architect to the French government in the 19th century, and a pupil of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

The cathedral stands on the Pilgrimage Way of Santiago de Compostela.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Paulo Henrique (2 years ago)
Fantastic chappels polychrome a visiter absolutely. Also have look outside on the top entrance and discover the Pietà, the Virgin with Christ in her arms. Very unsual but splendid to see this detail.
sergioqueber07 (2 years ago)
Impressive cathedral although if you want to see the inside you better be there before 6:30 pm
Alex Bechtle (2 years ago)
Beautiful little cathedral in the middle of bayonne
Joe Rice (2 years ago)
Truly the Notre Dame de Bayonne! The church is massive and very old with an interior that is well taken care of and preserved. Located on a hill it also allows for some pretty good views of the rest of Bayonne.
Chris Gray (3 years ago)
Was a bit if a wait for food, slow service but amazing crepes! A popular spot next to the cathedral. Be sure to check it out as it's just next door and worth a visit. Overall recommend but would it pay to reserve a tablet in the busy summer period. The staff do speak Spanish and English also.
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