"Cathedral Saint Pierre et Saint Paul -I" La Cathedrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul de Nantes Tip by gwened

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  • Cathedral Saint Pierre et Saint Paul - Nantes
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the cathedral of Nantes and close by the castle, the symbols of power and faith in the city of Nantes.
The construction of the cathedral began in 1434, on the site of a Romanesque cathedral, and took 457 years to finish, finally reaching completion in 1891.

The cathedral's foundation stone was laid on 14 April 1434, by John VI, Duke of Brittany and Jean de Malestroit, Bishop of Nantes (1417-1443). The second phase took place from 1470-1490. In the third phase, 1500–1516, the glass in the great west window was installed (1498), as a gift from Queen Anne (Anne de Bretagne).The last phase is the post-medieval one. It spanned from 1626 -1630 and led to the completion of the nave high vaulting (four eastern bays) and the construction of the nave flyers

Dimensions are
Height of the towers - 63 m (192 ft)
Height of the roof - 49 m (149 ft)
Height of nave - 37.5 m (114 ft)
Interior width - 38.5 m (117 ft)
Interior length - 103 m (335 ft)
Length of the chancel - 30 m (91 ft)

The presence of five richly decorated gates, three of them on the façade and two to the sides 1 - Main Gate, 2 - Gate of St. Paul, 3 - Gate of St. Yves, 32 - Gate of St. Donatien and St. Rogatien and 33 - Gate of St. Peter.

Inside the cathedral are the tomb of Francis II, Duke of Brittany ,and of his wife Marguerite de Foix, the (parents of Anne of Brittany), made at the beginning of the 16th century by Michel Colombe and Jean Perréal. The cathedral also houses the cenotaph of General de Lamoricière ,a monument set up in 1878 in papal homage to him.

As with Catedrals in France, it is very nice and grand, in a great place St Pierre or square very near the castle. A must to visit.tourist office site
http://en.nantes-tourisme.com/lieu/cathedrale-saint-pierre-saint-paul-11595.html

Address: Place Saint-Pierre, 44000 Nantes
Directions: tramway line 1 bouffray or chateau will get you there, cant missed it past the castle.
Website: http://www.cathedrale-nantes.cef.fr/

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