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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Teje Roy (15 months ago)
Amazingly beautiful and so cool to just sit in the grass and watch the people around. Inside the church is also beautiful
Paul Cociuba (15 months ago)
One of the most splendid Gothic cathedrals I have seen. The painted walls and ceilings make this church magical. A must see.
ja cejudo (15 months ago)
George outside but more impressive inside the ábside is full of live colour
Bartlomiej Wiesner (16 months ago)
Great architecture. The church itself is a great example of French masonry of the period. Wonderful courtyard. In the end of July there is a fair of crafts. One can find some fabulous hand-made objects. Lot's of cafés nerby.
Kooty Landon (17 months ago)
The renovations are stunning, some of the most beautiful I’ve seen anywhere, definitely worth a pilgrimage.
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