Saint André Cathedral
UNESCO Heritage List
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Saint André Cathedral was initially built in the 12th century - when it replaced the former seat of the Bordeaux diocese that was there since 4th AD century - and then extensively renovated in the 16th century.
It is listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The cathedral was consecrated on the 1st of may 1096 by Pope Urban II, the champion of the First Crusade.
Saint André cathedral witnessed throughout centuries many events that marked the history of Europe. On the 27th of July 1137 it is here that the marriage between Eleanor of Aquitaine and future Louis VII takes place (of course this marriage is later annulled when Eleanor marries Henri Plantagenet the future King of England).
It is also here that Richard, the son of Edward Woodstock aka Black Price, grandson of Edward II of England and future King Richard II of England (who was born in Bordeaux) is baptized in January 1367.
Other remarkable dates in the history of the cathedral are:
the 1st of December 1539 when Charles V summons here a chapter of the Order of the Golden Fleece and
the 8th of November 1615 when it is celebrated here the marriage of Louis XIII with Anne of Austria.
Beside the historic events the cathedral is renowned for its pipe organ (the initial one built in 1629 but was destroyed during French Revolution) and is the location of many organ concerts.
The Cathedral is also famous for the "Pey Berland" Tower, its free-standing, 60 meters, bell tower (built outside the main structure of the church for preventing the destruction of the church by the bells tolling vibrations).
The tower that bears the name of Pierre Berland, bishop of Bordeaux, can be visited and from its second platform accessible after 241stair steps the most beautiful panorama of Bordeaux opens up before the visitor’s eyes.
The Tower that houses 4 bells was built during the 14th century in Gothic style. During the centuries the tower was partially destroyed by thunder, during the Revolution was used as lead foundry to be finally restored in the second part of the 19th century.
From the top of the bell tower the statue of Virgin Mary - Our Lady of Aquitaine - measuring 6 meters in height and weighing over a ton, overlooks the city of Bordeaux.
Morning: closed Afternoon: 3 pm to 07.30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10 am to 1 pm and 3pm to 7:30pm Sunday
9.30 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 7.30 pm June and September 3 pm to 8.30 pm July and August
From October 1st to May 31st
Monday Morning: Closed Afternoon: 2 pm to 7 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: from 10 am to 12 am and from 2 pm to 6 pm
Friday, Saturday: from 10 am to 12 am and from 2 pm to 7 pm
Sunday Morning: 9.30 am to 12 am Afternoon: 2 pm to 6 pm
wonderful panorama of Bordeaux from the top of the bell tower. Well worth the climbing effort!
The cathedral is nice. Unfortunatelly it is closed a lot during the day so you cannot just drop by and visit it but you have to propare in advance! Impressive though!
*********** many stars!