Cathedral Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul
The cathedral and its crypts are inaccessible following the fire of July 2020.
The cathedral and its crypts are inaccessible following the fire of July 2020
Not to be missed : the tomb of François II, last duke of Brittany and the crypts.
There is a stanza engraved on the back of the doors that tells us of when the first stones were laid in 1434, and with it one of the longest religious constructions in France was underway, building that wouldn’t be completed until 1893. Repair and restoration work was first undertaken after the 1972 fire and only finished once the cathedral had been returned to its original splendor. Behind the white-stone (and not in the more usual granite) of a double tower front, the nave rises to a full 37.5m - higher than at Notre-Dame in Paris.
Unfortunately, the july 2020 fire caused great damage, including the grand organ, the choir, and the 15th century stained glass windows — two elements that were preserved during the great fire of 1972. Until renovation work returns the church to its former glory, the building will remain closed
The Tomb of François II
In the righthand transept lies the masterpiece of the sanctuary, the tomb of François II and Marguerite de Foix, parents of Anne of Brittany.. Ordered by Anne of Brittany This Renaissance masterpiece was made by Michel Colombe in 1507.
Not to be miss : the 11th century roman crypt actually hides the real treasure of the cathedral in the shape of a bigger second crypt dating back to the 19th century and today housing a permanent exhibition on the history of the cathedral.
Inaccessible until further notice since the fire of July 18, 2020
Entrance through the south transept's door (door near the tomb of the Dukes) accessible through a porch near the garden of the Psalette. Nantes Tourism's tips : difficult access, paved area and uneven terrain. The crypts are not accessible.