Browsing Category : Cathedrals and Churches

Narbonne Cathedral: Between Heaven and Hell


Cathedral of St Just and St Pasteur, Cathédrale Saint-Just et Saint-Pasteur, Narbonne, France   The city of Narbonne is very close to the Spanish border, so it seems appropriate that its cathedral is dedicated to two Spanish martyrs, the brothers Just and Pasteur.  Actually, like many churches in this region, it retains its title of Cathedral despite the fact that…

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In the Footsteps of St Bruno: Grenoble Cathedral


Notre-Dame Cathedral, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Grenoble, Grenoble, France In my travels in France I have learned one thing about its churches: what you get on the outside isn’t necessarily reflective of what’s on the inside.  A good example of this is Grenoble’s cathedral, which has a somewhat unimpressive exterior, literally squished between other buildings – and somehow it fits in…

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MUTSEU: All about St Eulalia


MUTSEU, Cagliari, Sardinia Sometimes, museums over-complicate things in the way they name themselves.  Take this MUTSEU, for example.  The grand acronym implies a complex of sites which are drawn together under a simple title.  But no.  MUTSEU consists only of two elements in the same building – the archaeological site beneath the Church of St Eulalia, and the church’s Treasury.…

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Not Bright Orange: the Cathedral of Notre Dame


Cathedral of Our Lady of Nazareth, Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth, Orange, France Despite the fact that this church is still referred to as a Cathedral – it isn’t.  It has been a simple parochial church since 1877, when they lost their bishop and came under the sphere of Avignon.  How it has kept its title is a mystery, because quite frankly the…

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Turrets and Saints: Montpellier Cathedral


Cathedral of St Peter, Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, Montpellier, France From the outside, the Cathedral of Montpellier is probably one of the most peculiar I’ve ever seen.  In fact, it really doesn’t look like it should be a cathedral, not least because the ecclesiastical building joins on almost seamlessly with the university building to its side. And somehow, it does suit Montpellier.…

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St Roch: A Church for Montpellier’s Saint


Church of St Roch of Montpellier, Église Saint-Roch de Montpellier, Montpellier, France It’s not often that you can walk in the footsteps of saints. The St Roch church is a product of the 19th century.  It was created by donations from the public and built between 1860-1868 by J Cassan, on the site of a church destroyed during the siege…

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Views and Cenotaphs: Lisbon’s Pantheon


Church of Santa Engrácia, Igreja de Santa Engrácia, Lisbon, Portugal There is an old joke in Portugal; if something is never completed, it’s like the Santa Engrácia works (Obras de Santa Engrácia).  The poor Santa Engrácia.  Construction started in 1681… and wasn’t finished until 1966.  That is quite an achievement in procrastination. There is a legend explaining why the church was so…

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