Cathedrale St-Jean

Cathedrale St-Jean, Perpignan

Cathedrale St-Jean
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Churches & Cathedrals
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Sean2204
Venlo, Netherlands42 contributions
A pleasant surprise.
Sep 2020
A surprise for everyone. The outside is quite plain but the interior is richly ornate. Discovered this by riding the little tourist train which revealed an area of the city that I was unaware of as we just went walking on a free day from planned trips. The area around the cathedral has many lovely restaurants and cafes to rest you weary bones.
Written September 11, 2020
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Dustin N
2 contributions
Nice
Jan 2020
We can admire this architecte unique in Perpignan, so amazing for that, not far Tourism Office, there are some cafétéria and restaurant around.
Written February 17, 2020
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Butchered S
3 contributions
Curious Markings
Feb 2020
This is certainly a beautiful church worthy of exploring. You definitely get a feel that it was meant to be a bit bigger, but, it has a lot of amazing art in every nook and cranny. One really interesting item is an apparent crypt cemented in by a covering with four skull and crossbones figures - one on each corner. Being close to the sea, it makes you wonder...
Written February 16, 2020
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QdeCuenco Terapia de Sonido
Sitges, Spain34 contributions
God needs money €$
Nov 2019 • Solo
Good for the art, paintings, architecture, all is ok. The colors of the windows in the top, reflecting sun light...

But ask people 2€ for a coin where appears Christ and the Cathedral... is NOT to know what said Jesus Christ about this... but this is Catholic Church, this was, and this will be...

Otherwise you can pay “just” 1€ for a candle that costs a few cents.... 🤔 Good business!
Written November 11, 2019
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Kevin P
Tempe, AZ332 contributions
All nave, no side aisles
Oct 2019
This cathedral is especially interesting because it is one wide aisle with chapels on the sides and It has a very heavy, Spanish-type high altar. Most of the altars in the side chapels are also very heavy, though gilded. These remind us that Perpignan may be in France but it was the capital of the kingdom of Mallorca.
Written October 28, 2019
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William S
Bridport, UK529 contributions
Unusual and interesting
Sep 2019
The cathedral is in the old section of the city and at first looks uninteresting. On entering you are struck by the huge interior with a very unusual width without columns. The chapels down either side are ornate and different and the stained glass is beautiful. Well worth a brief visit.
Written September 9, 2019
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martinezcm
Kansas City, MO508 contributions
Interesting history of progress in the construction of a Gothic cathedral
Jun 2019 • Couples
For several centuries there used to be a small church there but in 1324 king Sancho of Mallorca started the construction of this temple in a Gothic style. Himself was sort of an anomaly characteristic of the medieval period. From the house of Aragon , a few years early one of his ancestors had bequeathed this territory north of the Pyrenees ,along with Mallorca, to one son, and Sancho was part of that short lived experiment of royal dictate, that afterward reverted to the crown of Aragon por quite a few centuries more. Nevertheless, the cathedral project was grandiouse. It was to rival the cathedral of Palma de Mallorca, but between these events and deaths from the black plague there were delays and cost overruns until finally, in the middle 1400's the project was formally stopped half way. That is why the main body dimensions are only half of what they should be giving a sensation of visiting half a building. Unique. And that is how it has remained . Enormous at it is, it was not consecrated as a formal functioning church until 1504. It is a pity, because there are not medieval glass windows and the rest of the decoration is from quite a few centuries later (the tower XVIII) all the way until the XX. The organ dates from early 1500's. It is a building worth a visit and a recapitulation of human folly and destiny of original ideas
Written June 28, 2019
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amy J
New York City, NY76 contributions
Appearances are deceiving
Jun 2019 • Couples
This Cathédrale looks plain on the exterior-no interesting architecture or carvings or gargoyles, so when we we walked in-WOW!! Beautiful and ornate! And I’ve never been in any church where every nave and side chapel had an explanation of the imagery.
Written June 26, 2019
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Mmarymomm
Pleasanton, CA1,738 contributions
Quiet cathedral
Apr 2019 • Couples
The Perpignan Cathedral was built between the 14th and 16th centuries in the Gothic style. There are very nice stained glass windows behind the altar and many side altars. Be careful of the fact that that the pews and their kneelers are connected by a low strip of wood near the floor. I tripped over this and fell injuring myself.
Written May 6, 2019
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RobReno
Reno, NV543 contributions
Another cathedral
May 2019 • Couples
Not much to look at from the outside. Stain glass windows tall and skinny. Many alters along the sides.
Written May 4, 2019
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