SAINT NAZAIRE AND SAINT CELSE CATHEDRAL

It is one of the emblems of Béziers, visible from far away, as if erected at the prow of the Roman and medieval ramparts of the ancient city. About the “Biterroise Acropolis” we say here.

Built on the ruins of the Romanesque cathedral burnt down during the Crusade against the Cathars (1209); and over the remains of a Roman temple, Saint Nazaire, majestic and austere, watches over the city.

In 1209, therefore, it “imploded like a grenade”, set on fire by the troops of the King and the Pope, commanded by Simon de Montfort. The reconstruction lasted until the 15th century.
But was not completed for all that: for lack of sufficient means, the cloister of St Nazaire was never completed: a large number of capitals are missing on the colonnades on the garden side.

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Plan des Albigeois
34500 BEZIERS

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Please note: no visits during mass celebrations, baptisms, weddings, funerals.

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Spoken languages

French

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  • Listed as a historic monument