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“A Romanesque and Renaissance gem in a tiny village” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cathedral of Saint Bertrand de Comminges

Cathedral of Saint Bertrand de Comminges
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“A Romanesque and Renaissance gem in a tiny village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

The cathedral is set at the top of a tiny hill village, which it totally dominates. It boasts two features of special interest and quality - a lovely Romanesque cloister with one side open to the hills and countryside beyond the village and a goergeously ornate Renaissance choir with wonderful wood carvings - all set in what is really a very small cathedral. There are regular concerts in season - worth checking the website in advance. And be sure to visit the superb Basilica of St Just, Valcabrere a mile or so away on the plain below.

Visited September 2012
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Seix, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2012

I rarely make a point of visiting churches; this was an exception and I am glad I took the time to visit -.
the village itself, once a thriving roman settlement, has tiny street that hold many tales. There is also a gallery of modern art. A good day out

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Keller, Texas
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“800 year old Church in exceptional condition - another must-see favorite!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2012

Saint Bertrand is a really interesting church. It combines aspects of Roman, Gothic and Renaissance architectural elements as it was expanded over the years . The woodwork on the rood screen is really amazing; something you have to see to appreciate. This also applies to the organ case. The sound of the organ itself is wonderful. Access to most of the Church is free. There is a $4 Euro to see all of the facility; pay the $4 Euros. This gets you a hand held audio guide, in a variety of languages, which is instrumental in understanding the history and construction of the building. It also gets you access to the Cloister, the Treasure room and the interior of the rood screen. The Treasure room has interesting artifacts from the Church's past.

I went in January and Sunday Mass is held in the morning and the church isn't open for visiting until 2:00 in the afternoon. I don't know what the schedule is for the rest of the year but I suggest checking before you go. St. Bertrand is a very small village and there are not many shops open or things to do on a Sunday so killing too much time is a challenge (although it is definitely worth your while to take an hour or so exploring the area. There are a couple of restaurants across from the church which are open for lunch. The one I went to did not accept credit cards so taking some Euros is a good idea.

The old village and Church are located at the top of a hill; free parking is available very near the Church so you don't need to park at the bottom and make the long trek up...like I did...I had plenty of time to get my car though before the Church opened.

Visited January 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“The most enchanting cathedral and village on a hill in a beautiful valley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2012

My husband and I spent a week touring, bike and car, between Barcelona,Spain, then to Sete, France, onward to Pau,France, but on the way to Pau, we found the most amazing tiny village, marked by a National Geographic guide, St-Bertand de-Comminges with the most spectacular cathedral high on a hill. Built in the 11th century, but beautifully restored many times, we went back in time to experience another world. Our travels eventually took us to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao,Spain, but this cathedral was the ancient version on the ultra modern new Guggenheim, also a must to see in your lifetime!!!

Visited August 2011
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