LA CATHÉDRALE SAINTE-MARIE

05.59.59.17.82
05.59.59.17.82
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Built on the hill of Grand Bayonne, at the location of a burnt Romanesque cathedral, this flagship of the architectural heritage, a master work of the French Gothic art is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of the roads to Santiago de Compostela. The works began in 1258 and was completed at the end of the Hundred Years War. You can contemplate the apse of the cathedral, the well restored superb stained-glass windows of the high windows, particularly in the Saint-Jérôme chapel, undoubtedly the best of the cathedral (1531): Christ casts the demon out of the body of the Canaanite woman there (it escapes in the form of a bat). Note a beautiful door knocker of the 13th century that you just need to seize not to be arrested after commiting larceny, called the asylum ring. Also famous for its two arrows added in the 19th century, genuine lighthouses of the sub-prefecture! Not to forget the bells that became famous of the cathedral. There was the bell called Sainte-Marie of 2 tons, cast in 1819 which gives C, the Saint-Léon bell, 900 kg, cast in 1955 sounding E,

Christ‑Roi of 500 kg cast in 1955, giving G, Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc, 350 kg, at the same era and sounding A. Finally, the last arrival in 2003, first tenor bell cast in Europe for this millenium is called Saint-Jacques, it weighs 3,640 kg and complements this unit. "Bells, we need to be reminded, are the instrument of call that unites men." The sacred joining laymen, they are also the signal of the course of daily life. The latest one, manufactured in a Norman foundry and decorated by Marc-Antoine Orellana, displays a perfect mastery of the sound that we owe to the foundry man, Luigi Bergamo who respected the old-style bronze casting made up of 78% copper and 22% tin and is surrounded by a tuner in electronic spectrum, etc A few years later, during a storm, a lateral keystone collapsed, digging an impressive hole on the screed of the cathedral. It was restored after long months of work - 80 cm long for a weight of 900 kg, re-installed at 17 m high. The town of Bayonne and the DRAC Aquitaine, partners in developing historic monuments, during the installation of this keystone, explained the months that occupied this site of consolidation and reassembly. Mission accomplished. Since 2015, three major operations, financed by the State, were launched in order to maintain the superb building of Bayonne; restoration works of the facade, the nave, repair of the bell tower of the south tower damaged by humidity, and cleaning of the paintings of the chapels and walkways.

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Place Monseigneur-Vansteenberg
64100  Bayonne Baiona
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General note: 4.4/5
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Visited in january 2020
trés belle cathédrale
en plein centre ville
à voir tant l'intérieur que l'extérieur
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Visited in august 2018
La cathédrale Ste Marie
Bien située et entourée d'un très beau jardin, la cathédrale ne demande qu'à être visitée. Les statues situées dans le parc adjacent font la curiosité des enfants
Notice filed on 03/20/2019 
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Visited in october 2018
Très belle cathédrale aux magnifiques vitraux et à la très belle architecture.
Point de repère du centre ville avec ces rues piétonnes.
Notice filed on 10/27/2018 
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Visited in august 2017
Très belle cathédrale à l'édifice imposant et aux 2 flèches magnifiques et visibles de très loin. Dommage que l'intérieur soit en ce moment en cours de réfection au niveau des peintures. Néanmoins elle vaut le détour. Sans oublier le petit cloitre accolé où l'été de nombreux marchands d'art exposent leurs biens.
Notice filed on 09/04/2017 
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Visited in july 2016
Une cathédrale imposante, régnant sur la ville mais j'ai surtout aimé le cloître et son petit marché des artisans. Bref, c'est un tout en plein centre de Bayonne, vous ne perdez rien à y jeter un oeil ou deux... !
Notice filed on 02/25/2017 
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Visited in january 2017
Très bel édifice. Cette cathédrale est bien entretenue à l'extérieur, travaux de restauration à l'intérieur, mais ce n'est pas gênant pour la visite. De très beaux vitraux. Site à visiter pour son architecture si on est de passage à Bayonne.
Notice filed on 02/25/2017 
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Visited in october 2016
Jolie cathédrale située dans le petit Bayonne. Architecture spectaculaire
Notice filed on 10/29/2016 
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Visited in july 2016
La cathédrale avec ses deux flèches visibles de partout est un point de repère pour le centre ville. Le cloître attenant avec ses quelques tombeaux encastrés dans le mur est un espace de calme bienvenu au milieu de ce centre_ville fort animé.
Notice filed on 08/28/2016 
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Visited in october 2015
Très joilie cathédrale à visiter absolument. Un petite place devant avec un peit café sympa ou se rafraichir
Notice filed on 05/01/2016 

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