Limoges Cathedral

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Limoges
French: Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Limoges
Limoges Cathédrale Saint Etienne.jpg
Limoges Cathedral
Religion
AffiliationRoman Catholic Church
RegionHaute-Vienne
RiteRoman
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusCathedral
StatusActive
Location
LocationLimoges,  France
Geographic coordinatesCoordinates: 45°49′44″N 1°16′0″E / 45.82889°N 1.26667°E / 45.82889; 1.26667
Architecture
Typechurch
StyleGothic, Renaissance, Romanesque
Groundbreaking1273
Completed1888

Limoges Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Limoges) is a Roman Catholic church located in Limoges, France. It is a national monument and the seat of the Bishop of Limoges. The cathedral is in the Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque architectural styles.

The construction of the church began in 1273 and finished only in 1888, when the nave was connected to the belfry, a fine, partly octagonal, bell tower. It is noted for its Renaissance rood screen with reliefs of the labors of Hercules, built in 1534 and moved to the western end of the nave during the revolution, and for the tomb of the bishop Jean de Langeac (who commissioned the rood screen) on which are carved scenes of the Apocalypse, inspired by Dürer.[citation needed]


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Nave and choir, respectively, looking east, through a "folding out" lens that nearly flattens out the steep Gothic arches.

The walls of Romanesque crypt have beautiful frescoes representing Christ in glory. Some medieval paintings are still visible in some chapels (including representatives of angelic musicians) but almost all are frescoes of the 19th century.

The Cathedral of Limoges has two organs: a neoclassical instrument built by Georges Danion in 1963 and a choir organ, installed in 1850.[citation needed] and restored 1891 by Merklin. Every summer, the association of the cathedral organizes organ concerts to highlight the major organs of this building.

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