Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne, Bayonne

Massive, Gothic, and incredibly detailed, it comes as no surprise that Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne took over four centuries to build. The Roman Catholic church serves as the seat of the bishop of the township and neighboring towns. Though originally of Romanesque design, two fires led to its total reconstruction in the 13th century. The current church wasn't completed until the 17th century, while its two landmark twin spires are 19th-century additions. Step inside to view the equally impressive interior, filled with art and stained glass windows. Plan a Bayonne trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne Reviews

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  • The cathedral is impressive from the outside, but it isn't until you go inside that the true splendor of the cathedral is expressed.  more »
  • The ceilings are amazing and the cloisters are peaceful. The paintings of saints are worth a look. Lovely shops and cafes around here too.  more »
  • We wandered in about 11am. There were active matins happening but people were quietly wandering around. The inside is very beautiful with gorgeous stained glass glass windows. This is an active...  more »
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  • Was a bit if a wait for food, slow service but amazing crepes! A popular spot next to the cathedral. Be sure to check it out as it's just next door and worth a visit. Overall recommend but would it pay to reserve a tablet in the busy summer period. The staff do speak Spanish and English also.
  • A very place to sit for a bit for a break and quiet. Quite pretty inside as far as churches go. Check also the side court which is quite pretty too.
  • If you like churches as much as we do then this is a must visit. The place has deep roots in the fabulous Basque Country so carries a mix of Spanish and Basque influences. Key for me were the spectacular stained glass windows and ornate ceiling work but there is a lot more to see than that. Overall this is a beautiful holy place and I hope you feel as blessed as we do for the experience. Gloria in te Domine!!
  • Architectural marvel. I love this Basque's town fortress.
  • The Cathedral of Saint Mary of Bayonne, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Bayonne is a stunning architectural beauty. It is a Roman Catholic church built in the Gothic tradition, and is the seat of the Bishops of Bayonne, Lescar and Oloron. It is amazing to think it was built over a period of 400 years between the 13th and 17th centuries, with the two steeples added later still. It provides a stunning central landmark, sitting atop a small hill amidst a hive of narrow pedestrian roadways and paths, packed with delightful restaurants and shops.

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