Eglise St. Etienne de la Cite

Eglise St. Etienne de la Cite, Perigueux

Eglise St. Etienne de la Cite

Eglise St. Etienne de la Cite
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Charles F
Newtown, UK725 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
This church precedes the central cathedral, old architecture nearer to the roman ruins which were a source of building materials, west of the centre, worth a look whilst walking the town.
Written July 27, 2018
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aldernodules
Coleraine, UK76 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
It is always fascinating looking at what remains of a centuries-old building and trying to work out which bits were built when. The church, as you see it today, is a remnant of its former self - it originally dates from 11th Century, but large parts of it were felled in the 16th Century, after which some of it was restored. It is quite dark and quite stark inside, and demonstrates the importance of faith and organised religion in the 2nd millennium AD.
Written July 15, 2018
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Patertiska
Perth, Australia79 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
Fascinating church on an island between roads off the tourist path in Perigueux.
Worth the search to find it, and a pleasant place to visit after the Roman ruins 2-3 streets away.
Rest and recover in the cool dark depths of this glorious old church with stark walls and incredibly high dome ceiling.
Be careful crossing the roads to get there.
Written July 12, 2017
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joost n
104 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
The tourism office of Perigueux has a map (in English) with two history walks. The ‘Gallo Romain’ walk includes the St. Etienne church. Though the parts of the present building date back to the 11th century, its fundaments go back to roman times, the building is situated within the wall build in a hurry as the roman empire collapsed.

The building functioned as the first cathedral of Perigueux until the Protestants destroyed two of its cupolas and the bell tower in 1577. With the construction of the Saint Front cathedral, it lost its functions and the remnants became a cavalry training center. The design follows the ‘ecole du Perigord’ with its typical lines of cupolas. Other well known examples from Cahors, Souillac, Solignac and Angouleme, and of course the Saint Front cathedral of Perigueux.

The western cupola retains its 11th century Romanesque integrity, whiles the eastern cupola was restored during the 17th century and given Gothic arches. Inside the church (it has since reclaimed its function) are a number of interesting relicts. Makes for an interesting stop on the historical walk.
Written September 27, 2016
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James M
Surrey13 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
The church is part of the Roman city, or just outside. It is an imposing building, and well worth popping in to visit... The acoustics in the church are incredible and we spent some time trying to work out how they got up to the roof (sort of like a whispering gallery)... A part of the intriguing history of Perigueux!
Written June 29, 2016
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,195 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Similar in style to the main cathedral this much smaller church doesn't attract as many tourists, which makes it a great place to visit for some peace and quiet. Like many churches of this ilk the interior can appear rather stark, but I personally don't mind this as it allows the building itself to be the centre of attention.
Written September 11, 2015
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Mags
Nontron, France645 contributions
Apr 2015
Similar architecture to the big cathedral, has similar domes and is equally plain inside. It is situated a short walk from the town centre.
Written June 30, 2015
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kingduncan81
Pudsey, UK1,046 contributions
Visited here on a quiet Friday afternoon.
This is a much smaller, and different style of church to the main cathedral. Personally I thought it was prettier, and whilst not a great deal inside, still in my opinion stood-out compared to its larger companion. Definitely worth a wander round if you're in the area.
Written May 22, 2015
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aluizio s
Rio de Janeiro, RJ72 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
nice little roman church at the end of the old town of Perigueux. beautiful inside, seem to be lost in time. not ot be missed if you are in the city
Written May 15, 2014
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