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“Almost as large as Notre Dame de Paris - and just as interesting.”

St. Andre Cathedral (Cathedrale Saint-Andre)
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Bordeaux Segway Tour
Ranked #5 of 201 things to do in Bordeaux
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This beautiful 17th century church is one of Bordeaux's main attractions.
Hastings, United Kingdom
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“Almost as large as Notre Dame de Paris - and just as interesting.”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

The doors of this splendid building (13th and 14th century) are carved with Biblical scenes: the Last Supper, the Resurrection and the Last Judgement as well as a multitude of characters: Old Testament prophets, bishops, saints, kings and queens. Although renovation was taking place when we visited Bordeaux, we were able to view most of the doors.

Inside, around the Gothic choir (14th century) are several chapels. One, covered with medieval murals, was unfortunately screened by wrought iron locked gates - but some of the scenes were visible from the aisle. There are several beautiful and charming old statues: St Anne and the Virgin (16th century); Virgin and Child (14 century).

Further down the nave is a very good arcaded Norman font.

At the west end, under the organ a Renaissance screen is richly carved with strange bas reliefs depicting episodes in the life of Christ as well as Pagan gods and Cerberus, the three headed dog guarding the gates of hell. The pillars and arcades are decorated with flowers, musician angels, green men...

People interested in religious art and architecture should not fail to visit the nearby church of St Seurin - a 5 minute walk away. Excellent 11th century capitals (Abraham about to sacrifice Adam, birds pecking at cones, lions). Two 15th century alabaster altarpieces (life of St Seurin and the Virgin). The crypt which contains 6th century capitals and tombs was closed. There is a phone number you can use to get an appointment - we did not have the time to do so.

Visited June 2013
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Tallinn, Estonia
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“An excellent place to visit before having wine on the square nearby.”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

I had a lucky coincidence that just when I visited the cathedral, there was a free piano concert. Very poetic and majestic atmosphere.

Visited September 2012
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Vancouver, BC
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“Very pretty”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Just a pretty cathedral, like many others in Europe however, there is sometimes a beautiful market outside the cathedral where you can buy breads/fish/pastries etc

Visited June 2013
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Woodstock, Illinois
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“It was once glorious...”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Like many churches damaged during the Wars of Religion and the French Revolution St. Andre has the glimmer of a once great cathedral, but is now a mishmash of Gothic, Baroque, and modern copies.

Visited June 2013
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Yonkers, New York
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“Impressive”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Enormous Cathedral, a pilgrims stop. The cathedral is currently under a great deal of restoration, which is desperately needed. When that is completed is will be glorious!

Visited May 2013
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