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.
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