Saint Front Cathedral
UNESCO Heritage List
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Saint Front Cathedral is a UNESCO listed monument (together with other sites on route to Santiago de Compostela) and a major landmark of Perigueux.
The church was reconstructed in the middle of the 19th century by the famous architect Paul Abadie - the architect of Sacré-Cœur basilica of de Paris (that he wanted to build by the model of Saint Front de Périgueux).
The church is dedicated to Saint Front who brought Christian religion to Perigord and who was buried on the hill that the church sits on.
The first place of worship on the hill was built where the present entrance is located, in the 6th century AD. This first church was partially destroyed by the Normand invaders.
In the late 10th century the Périgueux bishop Frontaire starts the building of another church- as an extension of the primitive church- which is consecrated in 1047.
The beginning of the 12th century sees the attachment of a cloister and in late 12th century a new reconstruction project takes place and the building is endowed its formidable 64meters bell tower and the Byzantine style 13 meters in diameter domes.
During the religious wars the cathedral was pillaged by the Huguenots who took the relics of Saint Front and threw them in the Dordogne River.
Beside the impressive domes, its colossal interior space and beautiful, all around, stained glass windows, another remarkable feature is the imposing Baroque Style carved altarpiece that celebrates the Virgin Mary and dates from the 17th century.
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