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St. Andre Cathedral (Cathedrale Saint-Andre)

place Pey Berland, 33000 Bordeaux, France
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Ranked #15 of 90 Attractions in Bordeaux
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This beautiful 17th century church is one of Bordeaux's main attractions.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a huge building, comparable in size to Notre Dame in Paris. It is undergoing restoration at the moment. Some of it dates back to the 11th century and has seen many historic events in its history. There are many side chapels each with several incredible stained glass windows. Entrance is free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was not a highlight for us (better to spend the time in the tower next door) but it is certainly worth it if you are in the main square.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This cathedral is an exceptional example of several architectural styles that span 7 centuries. Admission is free and there is presently alot of restoration going on which in itself is interesting. There are panels outside explaining the process and the stages of construction, demolition and restoration - in English, Spanish & French.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I lived in Bordeaux many years ago, and I was amazed by its restoration. We went inside and they were playing Gregorian chants, which were the perfect accompaniment to our visit. I speak French, so I was able to read all the explanations of the art and the tombs. If you don't speak French you may want to take the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

A beautiful cathedral, set in its own square, looking across at the Town Hall. A must for any visitor to Bordeaux.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The exterior of this cathedral is undergoing restoration with the restored parts looking almost brand new. The cathedral is huge. The north façade is full of elaborate decorations. The best views are from the separate bell tower (Tour Pey-Berland).

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Bit by bit the cathedral's stonework is being restored both inside and out, revealing it in all its glory. A particular feature outside are the flying buttresses not least around the apse, very reminiscent of Notre Dame in Paris, although the restoration programme has yet to reach this part. Most of the external cleaning has been at the west end... More

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Most of this Gothic cathedral is 19th century but it's founder, Pope Cement V, was the first pope to move to Avignon. He was also the pope responsible for burning the Knights Templar. Well worth a visit.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Think something of massive. Do you? Think bigger? OK...now you are more or less having an idea about this Cathedral!!! First of all, it is impossible miss it because from the Palace de la Justice is one of the first things you can see, because of its height. The style is Gothic : a lot of spiers,bridges, rose-window.... the inside... More

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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Almost like an English cathedral with little of the usual continental clutter. The end nearest the hotel de ville is austere as it butted onto the town wall once. The other end is rounded with elegant windows giving a lofty and airy interior. The organ at the town wall end is massive and a sight to see. Has been undergoing... More

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