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“Medieval splendour”

Cathedrale Saint-Etienne
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Cahors
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 11, 2014

A fascinating cathedral of historic significance in the centre of old Cahors. Domed vaults, contemporary stained glass windows and cloisters of special note

Thank Nilindy
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Worth a visit as it is in the town centre (of course) and for the typanum, new windows and domes. Especially if combined with market day!

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

his impressive church is a mixture of styles that ought not to work, but actually does. It was built in the 12th Century, replacing an early 6th Century place of worship. Although later restorative work was performed, much of the 12th Cent. structure persists. The Main Door displays some beautiful carvings. On entering, the two large domes immediately catch the eye, one of which still retains its original frescoes. A further set of residual frescoes decorate the tower adjacent to the Main Door that seems to be perpetually closed. There is a dramatic contrast between the Nave, that is composed of light-coloured stone, and the Chancel that is very much darker. Paradoxically, the Chancel is covered by a lovely series of traditional stained glass windows, whereas those in the nave are garishly modern.
There can be no faulting the lovely Cloister that is accessed from a side door in the Nave. It is two-storied, with splendidly ornate carvings on the walls and pillars, and a beautifully designed and maintained garden in the centre. It is certainly one of the main reasons to visit this historic town.

3  Thank davidgoldberg1
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Easy to find in the old part of Cahors, the twice weekly market is held in the square right in front of this little old cathedral. The interior has all the typical things you find in places of worship in this part of the world. Exiting via a wooden door, you find yourself in the old cloisters. They are adorned with a photographic exhibits showcasing places of touristic interest in the Lot department. The cloisters are pleasant but not ornate say like Moissac. Re-entering the cathedral and exiting via another door brings you into a medieval garden with interpretive signs in French and English. This was interesting to my little kids. Paid parking is very close by in the square unless it is market days (Wed of Sat).

2  Thank Fionainparis
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

This beautiful Cathedrale is a must it visit. And remember to enjoy the new Stained glass windows. Go behind the Cathedrale and enjoy one of the secret gardens. Just st inside for a while and think about life.

1  Thank Inger N
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