Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, Nantes

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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.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We visited the Cathedral in the guided tour. Great tour, the young guide a passionate history thanks to him for his passion and his knowledge. Very nice discovery. In response to a comment fro! The person should have the tour to clarify these questions, he would have had a different vision.
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  • August 17, 2017
    First time I visit this religious place very good impression high beautiful tomb of the parents of Anne of Brittany
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  • August 17, 2017
    Magnificent cathedral must visit when the it is on Nantes... Between the marble recumbent, the organs and the beauty of the statues and stained glass windows... What a treat!
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  • June 19, 2017
    A beautiful cathedral located near the heart of the city. There were only a few people when I visited, so it was also very tranquil and meditative. Definitely worth a visit.
  • April 25, 2017
    beautiful Gothic cathedral which is worthwhile seeing if you're in Nantes. Lovely stained glass and sculpture.
  • July 19, 2017
    Magnificent cathedral with lovely stained glass windows.
  • January 10, 2017
    Very solemn architecture, magnificent both from the outside and the inside. Inside there are some interesting tombs and amazing stained glass windows.
  • August 29, 2016
    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 !!! (((

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