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St. Andre Cathedral (Cathedrale Saint-Andre)

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Address: place Pey Berland, 33000 Bordeaux, France
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Description: This beautiful 17th century church is one of Bordeaux's main attractions.
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Impressive intimidating structure

This is one great piece of architecture, which you must also see by night. To take a cool photo consider waiting for the tram to pass and make sure you get your aperture to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is one great piece of architecture, which you must also see by night. To take a cool photo consider waiting for the tram to pass and make sure you get your aperture to the max to get that blue light from the tram along your photo. There is also a cute little statue of the Cathedral and nearby structures... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

There is a little train that takes tourists around the city. As it turned the corner there was this large bell tower and the Cathedral Saint Andre. They were sitting on a wide open square so that one could enjoy their architecture. To the right was the Palace Rohan, and behind the palace was the Bordeaux Art Gallery. The main... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The cathedral and the adjoining bell tower are well worth a visit...even if you are at the ABC stage of European travel. Beautiful building, great history and the whole square is just a great place to be

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Growing up a Catholic for the most part, I have always been fascinated with Catholic churches. Steeped in history that is both dark and illuminating, churches - big cathedrals, especially - often evoke strong feelings from believers and non-believers alike. Looking at the imposing Cathedrale Saint-André, one cannot help but marvel at the exquisite architecture that is rivalled only by... More 

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Bordeaux, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

In 1137, Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII in this beautiful Cathedral, she was just 13. Even if you don't like history, you cannot fail to be amazed by it's wonderful craftsmanship. They are people there who can give you a guided tour and you give them what ever you think it is worth. We had an excellent lady who... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The spires of the imposing Cathedral Saint André and its separated bell tower, the Tour Pey-Berland drew us to their location. Bordeaux's Cathedral was consecrated by Pope Urban II in 1096. Interestingly though that of the original Romanesque edifice, only a wall in the nave remains. The Royal Gate is from the early 13th century, while the rest of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

St Andre rivals Notre Dame in its sacred ancient grandeur. When in Bordeaux, you must go. I loved it' holy atmosphere and sense of time. There is nothing to dislike about the experience within St Andre. Go and visit.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The cathedral is very pretty and, while not the most impressive in size, decoration, etc. in Europe or France, absolutely worth a visit. It adds a rich layer of history to Bordeaux and should be visited.

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Nanaimo B.C.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

In comparison to other European churches this Cathedral is somewhat smaller in size. However the smaller size does provide for a more intimate experience for visitors. This is an active Catholic Church and you can see the love and attention that its parish community gives to it. The interior of the Cathedral is decorated with many earlier and current Catholic... More 

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Haslemere
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This may not be the biggest Church in Bordeaux but it is a living church, you sence it. On Saturday evening they had the church lit so well on the outside it drew you like a moth. I would like to visit again to discover its history.

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