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Imposing building

This cathedral is located in the centre of the old town and can't be missed, as it dominates the... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2018
lbj17
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Nice Cathedral, smaller than expected

Nice bit of history - explanation boards are in French. A bit smaller than other cathedrals I’ve... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2018
JoshColby
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Southborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mass was being said as we were there.A very old cathedral that has lots of history.Better to go on a sunday as its quieter then

Thank Brian H
Reviewed 14 July 2018

This cathedral is located in the centre of the old town and can't be missed, as it dominates the area. The explanation boards of its history are in French with a brief summary in English. An amazing building with mosaic floors, but suffering some damp.

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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

Nice bit of history - explanation boards are in French. A bit smaller than other cathedrals I’ve been to but that’s not a bad criticism. Overall, a nice little visit while in town.

Thank JoshColby
Reviewed 5 April 2018

This extraordinary Cathedral is worthy of a visit just for its history having been heavily damaged during the Wars of Religion, rebuilt several times and it contains the scars of this. It has a vast expanse of space and interesting remains of frescos...music plays gently...More

Thank ESVincent
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Wonderful cathedral, oozes history; worth a detour. Fine example of Romanesque architecture. The sheer size of the place is impressive and awe-inspiring.

Thank Helena P
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Made two teenage girls fall silent in awe! Something to be said for the incredible interior and its peaceful and calm atmosphere. There are several miniature chapels along one side along with beautiful stain glass windows, a really beautiful building and a definite must-see if...More

Thank Simon B
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We enjoyed visiting this cathedral. Interesting to read about which parts of the cathedral were built when and why. Some unusual architectural elements. In the heart of the older section of town, which is lovely for strolling around.

Thank Melissa K
Reviewed 8 June 2017

According to the timeline on display there's been one form of church/cathedral on this site since around 525AD (if I recall correctly). It was destroyed during the times of religious reformation/persecution and rebuilt with the patronage of wealthy town inhabitants - so it's all a...More

Thank nnmercman
Reviewed 31 May 2017

The first cathedral we visited in France this year. And just like the others, very impressive. Wonderful stonework, magnificent stained glass ... It's not the most interesting of the French cathedrals, but if you fate to Saintes, definitely do not miss its visit.

Thank Jakub67
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Visited Saintes & the Cathedral as part of an excursion from La Rochelle. From the time we reached the Information Office by the River Charante the Cathedral Tower was very visible. Our guide explained the many centuries history of the church and how the design...More

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