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Mirepoix Cathedral, Mirepoix
Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
Mirepoix Cathedral is in the town of Mirepoix, Ariège, in the south west of France.The foundation stone was laid by Jean de Lévis on the 6th May 1298. Construction continued, with interruptions, over the next six centuries. The cathedral was restored in 1858 and 1859 by Prosper Mérimée, and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.The cathedral has the second widest Gothic arch in Europe .It was formerly the seat of the Bishop of Mirepoix. The diocese, created in 1317, was abolished under the Concordat of 1801 and the territory divided between the Diocese of Carcassonne and the Archdiocese of Toulouse.Put Mirepoix Cathedral at the forefront of your travel plans using our Mirepoix travel itinerary maker.
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From the outside this is not a particularly inspiring religious building but the interior is much more imposing and well worth exploring,
Breath taking, well worth a visit. Also the town itself is stunning, the architecture, the restaurants and cafes.
A beautiful structure claiming to have the second largest span across the nave, after Gerona, In one section there are models showing the development over the past 700 years, due partly to its central... read more »
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