"Look at the Church of St.-Benoit" Castres Things to Do Tip by hquittner

Castres Things to Do: 8 reviews and 33 photos

  South View of Outside Nave
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  • South View of  Outside  Nave - Castres
      South View of Outside Nave
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  • Internal View Toward Altar (East) - Castres
      Internal View Toward Altar (East)
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  • Elaborate Baldachin - Castres
      Elaborate Baldachin
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  • Painted Vaulting - Castres
      Painted Vaulting
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  • South Portai - Castres
      South Portai
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The church is Benedictine and dedicated to him (St.-Benoit). It was built starting in 1677 to replace the Abbey (founded in the 9C) church because a cathedral was needed. It has since been demoted. It is a companion to the Bishop's Palace (started in 1669) next door. In the courtyard of the Palace is the old Romanesque belfry of the abbey church (no picture possible). Inside, the church is Baroque with a vividly painted ceiling and an Altar covered by an elaborate baldachin.

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  • Written Sep 2, 2009
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