Antibes Cathedral

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Antibes Cathedral

Antibes Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Platea d'Antibes) is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and national monument of France, located in the town of Antibes on the French Riviera. From the 5th or 6th century a cathedral was built on the site where a pagan temple had been, The remains of which can be seen in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. It is said that St Paul was arrested here on a journey to Spain in 63 AD. Destroyed by the barbarians in 1124, the church was rebuilt in the early 13th century. The plan is with 3 naves. The church has undergone many tranformations over the centuries. The current facade is in Italian style from 1747 rebuilt after a heavy bombardment. Interior, some masterpieces from the Reaissance and Modern times: A crucifix from the middle of the 15th century in the choir. The transept chapel is a masterpiece paintet by Provencal artist Louis Brea in the 16th century: it represents The Virgin with Rosary. Do not leave without admiring the carved portal by Jacques Dole from the beginning of the 18th century.

It was formerly the seat of the Bishops of Antibes, later the Bishops of Grasse. The seat was not restored after the French Revolution and was added by the Concordat of 1801 to the Diocese of Nice.

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Coordinates: 43°34′52″N 7°7′42″E / 43.58111°N 7.12833°E / 43.58111; 7.12833