Cathédrale Saint Pierre

A Romanesque cathedral!
The architect Paul Abadie fils undertook a vast restoration campaign in the nineteenth century. Since 2000, embellishment and restoration work has continued.

The cathédrale Saint-Pierre, standing proudly on the edge of the plateau, has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1840. The exceptional quality of its architecture and its sculpted program make this twelfth century Romanesque building an essential destination for lovers of medieval art. Its restoration - begun in 2008- is coming to an end, giving the opportunity for an exciting (re)discovery.

Saint-Pierre d'Angoulême is the work of Girard de Blay, a powerful bishop from the beginning of the twelfth century who wanted to make the cathedral the setting and the symbol of his ambitions. The construction site lasted from 1110 to the death of Girard in 1136.
In the nineteenth century, the cathedral was saved by Paul Abadie fils (1812 - 1884). The architect - who was also the architect of the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur of Montmartre in Paris - tirelessly directed the first major restoration works from 1852 to 1875.

About twenty meters high, the screen facade with arcades, featuring several dozen sculpted figures, is a masterpiece of Romanesque art from the South-West. Like a nod to today's Angoulême, International City of Comics and Images, it evokes a large illustrated book where characters surrounded by arcades form the beginnings of a very first comic !

Romanesque architecture is said to be a result of experimentation. The interior of Cathédrale Saint-Pierre shows us once again! Here, there is no dark barrel-vaulted nave or narrow aisles… everything is light, space and amplitude. Since 2016, the Trésor has benefited from a breathtaking scenography, the work of internationally renowned visual artist Jean-Michel Othoniel.

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Closed at 17 p.m. in winter.

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