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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  • There are lots of great cathedrals in Europe so I can't give it five stars but it is a very beautiful building and a very nice understated interior. Definitely worth a visit !  more »
  • Not really that impressive. All stained glass is new or non traditional. It was bombed in WWII by Allied planes (June 1944) and there was also a fire in the roof in 1972. 1776.  more »
  • A fantastic cathedral located in the heart of the city. The color windows are really impressive, as well as the atmosphere. It is truly an iconic of nantes, you have to see it it doesn't take long !  more »
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  • 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.
  • beautiful Gothic cathedral which is worthwhile seeing if you're in Nantes. Lovely stained glass and sculpture.
  • Very solemn architecture, magnificent both from the outside and the inside. Inside there are some interesting tombs and amazing stained glass windows.
  • 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.)