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Cathedrale Sainte Marie

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Address: Rue Arnaud de Moles, Auch, France
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A must see in the Gers

No visit to the Gers is complete without seeing the departmental capital, Auch. A pleasant town, it is distinguished by a very pretty central square and by this magnificent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

No visit to the Gers is complete without seeing the departmental capital, Auch. A pleasant town, it is distinguished by a very pretty central square and by this magnificent cathedral that is a must see. The stained glass is superb and the wood carved reredos is well worth the 2 euro entrance fee. It is an astonishing feat of engineering... More 

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Patras, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

According to the Wikipedia article on Auch, the population was less than 8,000 in 1800 so when the cathedral was built, it could have been even less. It is a remakable building, light and airy with important magnificent Renaissence stained glass windows with the characters shown in dress of that period. We were there early December and they had a... More 

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Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A stunning architectural treat with its rose marble, elegant ceiling and ancient oak choir stalls. The organist was practising as I came in at the historical organ. There is a charge to view the choir stalls, but it's only a couple of euros and worth it.

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Merles, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The cathedral is in a wonderful historic centre location looking down on the river and on its "monumental staircase". Inside, it is impressive because of its size, but has no striking architectural features or stained glass. The choir stalls are magnificent, filled with superb carvings, but it is a bit irritating that they are closed off and subject to an... More 

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Winscombe, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Why does every religious building or monument have scaffolding around it and the air of a building site? And why does ANY local authority allow TWO important tourist attractions to be carrying this work out NEXT to each other simultaneously? I'll tell you - because they forgit about the importance of sending us away with a good impression! You might... More 

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Howden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Visited here whilst on a day visit to the area and was very impressed with the architecture and stained glass. Whilst I wouldn't drive to Auch just to visit the Cathedrale it is well worth visiting if you are nearby. Recommended

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Dorado, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Even with the facade undergoing repairs, this cathedral is well worth a visit. My guidebook quoted Napoleon as saying that this church belongs in a museum, and it does. The stained glass is beautiful and I could look at the ceiling and other architectural details for ages. The choir has an admission fee of a Euro or two and you... More 

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Auch, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Amazing details into the choir area ( wooden stalls reveals some incredibly erotic scenes...) Great 16th century's artist Arnaut de Moles realised 18 brightly stained glasses (1507/1513) considered as the most beautifuls of "Renaissance" 500th anniversary !

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

It is impressive and many aspects were done here by the same craftsmen that completed the Albi exterior facade. it is nice but pales against Albi, Rabestens and so many others.

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Aubiet, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is a hidden treasure. It may be covered in scaffolding, but don't let that put you off. The choir area (2 euros entry) is spectacular and well worth a look.

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