Oloron Cathedral

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Oloron Cathedral
Cathédrale Sainte-Marie d'Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Oloron Ste-Marie 02.JPG
The former Oloron Cathedral, now St. Mary's Church, Oloron
AffiliationRoman Catholic Church
ProvinceBishopric of Oloron
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusCathedral
LocationOloron-Sainte-Marie,  France
Geographic coordinatesCoordinates: 43°11′16″N 0°36′58″W / 43.18778°N 0.61611°W / 43.18778; -0.61611
StyleRomanesque, Gothic
Groundbreaking12th century
The Romanesque portal

Oloron Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Sainte-Marie d'Oloron-Sainte-Marie), now St. Mary's Church (French: Eglise Sainte-Marie), is a Roman Catholic church and former cathedral located in the town of Oloron-Sainte-Marie, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département of France.[1] It is in the Romanesque and Gothic architectural traditions.

Construction was started in the 12th century by Gaston IV, Viscount of Béarn. It was the seat of the Bishopric of Oloron, suppressed by the Concordat of 1801.

It has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since March 1939,[1] and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Eglise Sainte-Marie", French Ministry of Culture] (in French).
  2. ^ "Gang burgle French cathedral after ramming door", BBC News, 4 November 2019.

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