The cathedral is inmense with a rich architecture inside housing the tombs of the last duke of Brittany François II and his wife Marguerite de Foix. This tomb in marbre that sculptor Michel Colombe took five years to do between 1502-1507,is decorated with 12 apostles and four woman representing force, prudence, temperament, and justice. It was installed in the Cathedral in 1817.
It, also, housed the tomb of général de Lamoricière, monument built in 1878 to pay hommage to his papal services for the native of Nantes.
the leyend of the Cathedral,takes us back to the 3C with the arrival of Saint Clair, first bishop of the city of Nantes who came from Rome in possesion of a nail that told was coming from the cross of Saint Peter or Saint Pierre. Saint Clair had built a chapel to house the relic and he dedicated it to Saint Pierre and Saint Paul. Historically there is a trace of this chapel of prayer on the west of the city on the hills of Saint-Similien.
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a must to visit!
the cathedral of Nantes and close by the castle, the symbols of power and faith in the city of Nantes.
The construction of the cathedral began in 1434, on the site of a Romanesque cathedral, and took 457 years to finish, finally reaching completion in 1891.
The cathedral's foundation stone was laid on 14 April 1434, by John VI, Duke of Brittany and Jean de Malestroit, Bishop of Nantes (1417-1443). The second phase took place from 1470-1490. In the third phase, 1500–1516, the glass in the great west window was installed (1498), as a gift from Queen Anne (Anne de Bretagne).The last phase is the post-medieval one. It spanned from 1626 -1630 and led to the completion of the nave high vaulting (four eastern bays) and the construction of the nave flyers
Height of the towers - 63 m (192 ft)
Height of the roof - 49 m (149 ft)
Height of nave - 37.5 m (114 ft)
Interior width - 38.5 m (117 ft)
Interior length - 103 m (335 ft)
Length of the chancel - 30 m (91 ft)
The presence of five richly decorated gates, three of them on the façade and two to the sides 1 - Main Gate, 2 - Gate of St. Paul, 3 - Gate of St. Yves, 32 - Gate of St. Donatien and St. Rogatien and 33 - Gate of St. Peter.
Inside the cathedral are the tomb of Francis II, Duke of Brittany ,and of his wife Marguerite de Foix, the (parents of Anne of Brittany), made at the beginning of the 16th century by Michel Colombe and Jean Perréal. The cathedral also houses the cenotaph of General de Lamoricière ,a monument set up in 1878 in papal homage to him.
As with Catedrals in France, it is very nice and grand, in a great place St Pierre or square very near the castle. A must to visit.tourist office site
I only took a look at it outside. I planned to go in, but hop-on-hop-off bus was about to leave, so I only took pic. Did'nt get chance to go back. As cathedrales always are...they are built to impress and show the power.
The cathedral of Nantes is one of the 2 main sites that tourists visit while visiting the city. It’s a nice gothic roman catholic cathedral that is dedicated to St.Peter and St.Paul. It was completed in 1891 but the construction begun 5 centuries earlier, in 1434! What’s more there was another cathedral on the same spot since 560.
I liked the facade that dates from the 15th century and houses 2 high towers and nice detailed decoration around the gates.
I entered the cathedral with great expectations but I felt a bit disappointed of the interior although the huge nave is impressive with the high colums. We spent some time checking some of the chapels, tombs, some stained glass windows etc
I wasnt really impressed of something specific but we stayed a bit more next to the cenotaph monument of General Lamoriciere (pic 5, it was set up in 1878). Lamoriciere (1806-1865) was born in Nantes, served the army as a general, became minister of war for a short period (1848) but was also an opponent of Louis Napoleon and exiled for that in 1851.
Unfortunately we didn’t visit the two crypts where the treasures and the history of the cathedral are displayed because the were closed to visitors :(
There has been a cathedral on this site since around 560, but the present building is the third - begun in 1434 and finally finished 457 years later in 1891 when it was consecrated on Christmas Day. A fire in 1972 destroyed the roof, but the cathedral has been beautifully restored. The 15th century west facade is simple and austere, but very striking.
Stendhal (1783-1842) wrote of the cathedral: "nothing is more noble and grandiose than this great nave. It must be contemplated alone and at nightfall. As I sat on my bench, I almost wanted to be enclosed within this church."
There are other churchly objects to note in walking through St. Peter's. In the opposite transept (North) from Francois' Tomb is a cenotaph (that is the body is somewhere else) monument to General Lamoriciere (a local boy who made good; d.1865) created by P. Dubois (1879) with symbolic virtues at each corner. Look back at the beautiful modern stained glass windows in the South transept devoted to Breton Saints. Then head for the ambulatory where the various chapels have fine carved altarpieces (we have no details).
The Narthex of the Cathedrral lies between the two towers at the West end, before the nave and below the organ loft. It receives the three portals. The central portal has a graceful bowed arch above it. On each side of this doorare statuesof the patron martyrs of Nantes, Sts. Rogatian and Donatian. To the South is a canopied niche with 15C sculpted saints. On the right is a 15C stone stairwell.
Upon entering the church, you are struck by the gracefulness of its height. This effectis achieved by running the thin support columns along the piers all the way from the ground without interruption to the central bosses of the vault passing the triforium and clerestory. At the same period (15C) the west facade and its large window with fine stone tracery was installed (the work of M.Rodier who did the loggias and decorative work at the Chateau). This shows above the organ loft. The South transept was built a century later with a lower giant stained glass window and an echoing clerestory one above. The choir, altar and chapels were still later (19C) but maintain the design.
The Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul is constructed of light stone which permitted the builders in 1434 to create vaults higher than Notre Dame de Paris. Two tall towers flank the large central windows. At the chevet one can see the ring of apsidal chapels. St. Peter is on the trumeau of the central door.