Cathédrale St-Front

sights / Religious

Cathédrale St-Front information

Périgueux , France
Address
Street place de la Clautre
Opening hours
8am-12.30pm & 2.30-7.30pm
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Lonely Planet review

Périgueux' most distinctive landmark is most notable for its five Byzantine bump-studded domes (inspired by either St Mark's Basilica in Venice or the church of the Holy Apostles of Constantinople, depending on whom you ask). Built in the 12th century, and heavily restored by Abadie (the architect of Paris' Sacré Cœur), the interior is laid out in a Greek cross, with soaring domes supported by svelte arches. The carillon sounds the same on-the-hour chime as Big Ben.

Major renovations were underway at the time of research to restore one of the cathedral's facades, so don't be surprised if there's some scaffold when you visit.

The best views are from Pont des Barris , which crosses the River Isle to the east.