Cathedrals in France: history and visitor guides

Photo of French cathedrals

Discover many of the cathedrals in all areas of France, with our detailed history and visitor guides

Alsace

Strasbourg cathedral (Bas-Rhin)

Strasbourg cathedral village

Strasbourg cathedral is a gothic style construction with a remarkable facade and beautiful stained glass windows

See Strasbourg cathedral guide

Aquitaine

Bayonne cathedral (Pyrenees-Atlantiques)

Bayonne cathedral village

Bayonne cathedral is an imposing gothic style cathedral with a beautifully restored apse and an impressive cloister

See Bayonne cathedral guide

Perigueux cathedral (Dordogne)

Perigueux cathedral village

The cathedral in Perigueux combines roman and byzantine elements to create a most unusual - and impressive - building

See Perigueux cathedral guide

Brittany

Treguier cathedral (Cotes-d'Armor)

Treguier cathedral village

Tréguier cathedral is a gothic style cathedral with a beautiful cloister

See Treguier cathedral guide

Languedoc-Roussillon

Maguelone (Herault)

Maguelone village

The Cathedral at Maguelone stands on a small volcanic island on the southern edge of the Etang de Thau

See Maguelone guide

Loire Valley

Bourges Cathedral (Cher)

Bourges Cathedral village

The cathedral in Bourges is a 13th century building with remarkable stonework and impressive stained glass windows

See Bourges Cathedral guide

Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, Orleans (Loiret)

Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, Orleans village

The carvings and grandeur of the western facade are the highlight of the 17th century cathedral in Orleans

See Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, Orleans guide

Chartres Cathedral (Eure-et-Loir)

Chartres Cathedral village

The 13th century cathedral in Chartres is generally considered to be one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in the world

See Chartres Cathedral guide

Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters (Indre-et-Loire)

Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters village

The la Psalette cloister and the cathedral of Tours together make a very impressive religious monument with various architectural styles

See Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters guide

Midi-Pyrenees

Albi cathedral (Tarn)

Albi cathedral village

Albi cathedral is remarkable for its brick exterior, and the large area of renaissance painting in the interior

See Albi cathedral guide

Paris region

Notre Dame cathedral (Paris)

Notre Dame cathedral village

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, on an island in the Seine River, is one of the most remarkable gothic cathedrals in the world

See Notre Dame cathedral guide

Pays de la Loire

Angers Cathedral (Maine-et-Loire)

Angers Cathedral village

The cathedral in Angers is the earliest example of Angevin gothic architecture in France

See Angers Cathedral guide

Picardy

Amiens Cathedral (Somme)

Amiens Cathedral village

The 13th century cathedral in Amiens is a fabulous example of gothic style architecture and the tallest cathedral in France

See Amiens Cathedral guide

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