Petit Futé's opinion on CATHEDRALE SAINT-FRONT
This is the must-see building in the old town! This incredibly graceful stone vessel soars to the sky.
It is the must in Périgueux! A stone vessel, incredibly graceful, it soars to the sky, in the heart of the old town.
In the safeguarded area, the cathedral of Byzantine architecture with a Greek cross (unique in France) has been listed as a Jacquaire site on the UNESCO heritage list since 1998. It was built in the Middle Ages to accommodate the crowds that followed the road to Santiago de Compostela and did not become a cathedral until the 17th century. It was restored from 1852 by Paul Abadie who gave it its oriental appearance by adding twelve bells to the five existing on its domes. This is precisely what gives this remarkable building its unmistakable profile. The bell tower is 60 metres high. Saint-Front served as a model for the construction of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre.
The interior houses some very beautiful furniture, including a 17th century baroque altarpiece, a superb large organ built by Joseph Merklin in 1867, 19th century stained glass windows, and a Way of the Cross by Jacques-Emile-Lafon (19th century). The cathedral has been enriched by a relic, exhibited in the chapter hall ( a piece of bone from Blessed Charles of Habsburg, the last emperor of Austria). Finish your visit by passing through the cloister (entrance fee payable) to enjoy some more peace and quiet and take a panoramic break in the Thoin garden.
Finally, for an indispensable souvenir photo, head towards the river Isle. Take the Barris bridge and admire the splendour which overhangs you then.
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Open all year round. Cloister and shop closed from November to March. Reception point open from 2.15 pm to 6 pm from Easter to October. Low season: every day from 8.30am to 6pm. High season: every day from 9am to 7.30pm. All year round, for a guided tour of the cathedral and cloister call 06 78 27 50 07. Adults: 1,50 €. Only the visit of the cloister is paying.
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