Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, Nantes

(4.6/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul took 457 years to build. The ground was broken for this house of worship on the ruins of a Romanesque cathedral in 1434, but construction wasn’t completed until 1891. The French have John VI to thank for beginning the project and seeing the initial construction through a period of conflict in the mid-15th century. After his reign, the construction was often interrupted by revolutions and war. But the French weren’t willing to give up on the building, so after World WarII and a devastating fire in 1972, it underwent the restoration that gave birth to the majestic arches you’ll see above your head on a visit to this site. See Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul and all Nantes has to offer by arranging your trip with our Nantes vacation planner.
Create a full Nantes itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Nantes

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Nantes by other users

35 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 27 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 22 days in France, Italy & Barcelona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in France BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 45 days in France & Monaco-Ville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe & Africa BY A USER FROM IRELAND September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in France & Monte-Carlo BY A USER FROM INDIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in France & Monte-Carlo BY A USER FROM INDIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Nantes BY A USER FROM FRANCE April, culture, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 2 days in Nantes BY A USER FROM INDIA April, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in France, Amsterdam & Switzerland BY A USER FROM INDONESIA August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • In looking at the outside, it seems impossible that men at that time, were able to build such building but by entering, are projecting into another world!
    View original
  • Very nice very imposing Cathedral with unexpected stained glass. Signs explain its history.
    View original
  • Jewel of the middle ages, witness of the history of the city of Nantes, the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul has amazing interior dimensions, a beautiful dominant Gothic style and the verrières immense, so very bright. Take some time during the visit, starting with the Cenotaph of the Moriciere, the statue of two faces, two Crypts. Then, complete the tour by lingering on the tomb of François II, last Duke of independent Brittany, and Marguerite of Foix, his second wife. The parents of Anne of Brittany, who was twice Queen of France (successive weddings with Charles VIII and Louis XII). Note that the statues of angle are really beautiful, they symbolize four virtues: the Prudence, Temperance, the moral strength and Justice.
    View original
Google
  • The catherdral itself is beautiful. Like many other gothic churches. But I was very disappointed and even upset because I couldn't visit the crypt of the cathedral. it was written at the entance to the crypt that they are free to visit and opened till 19:00. But 2nd of August the crypt was closed at 18:40 already. The worker with dark skin and not slim bodytype was slowly closing all the entrances. It is simply not just. If crypt works till 18:30 - please write it works till 18:30. If it is written that the crypt is opened till 19:00, PLEASE, KEEP IT OPENED TILL 19:00 !!! (((
  • A must see in Nantes ! (+ now there is a cave to visit under it ! Really good.)
  • Very beautiful cathedral. While it's not the most intricate one I've seen, the boldness of its simplicity really impressed me.
  • Beautiful church and history
  • An exquisite atmosphere with guide on the tour of the Church explaining its meaning, history and architectural mix that makes her a beauty. The importance of art in an age where the majority of the population did not know read, but had a heart filled with great faith. I loved it!
    View original