St Benoit Cathedral at Castres!

And many have heard of Castres in my beloved Tarn dept 81 in the region of Occitanie. The thing most people come here is for the Goya museum which I have touch in previous post. However, Castres is a lot more as far as architecture and history. I like to tell you a bit more on it.

Another nice monument here is the St Benoit Cathedral or St Benedict. Right by the museum and city hall back at it on your way to city center.

The Saint-Benoît Cathedral is one of the mother churches of the Archdiocese of Albi, Castres and Lavaur and is the largest church in the city of Castres. It was raised to the rank of cathedral in 1317 before taking the title of parish church in 1801, the diocese of Castres, deleted at the time of the French revolution, not being restored by the Concordat. It is located at 2 Rue de l’Hôtel de ville


The St Benoit Cathedral as built on the site of a 9C Benedictine abbey of which only the bell tower remains; Saint-Benoît Cathedral has experienced many misfortunes. First destroyed by the Huguenots during the Wars of Religion, it was rebuilt in 1664 to 1682 , and separated from the bell tower by a street!   It forms with the old bishopric and its gardens a remarkable ensemble. The nave, paved with red sandstone, impresses with its vast volume


It was again built from the 11C, Saint-Benoît Cathedral retains only its bell tower from this period. Vestige of Romanesque style, this bell tower dominates this astonishing architecture which was largely modified over the centuries. Indeed, itself was greatly altered in the 17C. Thus, the cathedral presents a very successful Baroque architectural language. The cathedral has a narrow nave with four spans bordered by six chapels and two vestibules, as well as a choir decorated with gilded wood trophies and framed by four marble statues from the 17C, originating from the Charterhouse of Saïx.   The bell tower is still separate from the body of the cathedral today, and was attached to the Episcopal palace of Castres during its construction now City Hall. .

This St Benoit Cathedral received its ornamentation at the beginning of the 19C in particular from elements saved during the destruction of the charterhouse of Beauvoir. Let us cite in particular 9 paintings on the theme of the Eucharist, the splendid altarpiece of the Master marble altar in the shape of a tomb, as well as the large statues on the wall framing the choir The tribune of the Puget organ was built in the late 1860s finally, the small needle painting.

Lovely to stop by easy walking as we parked our car at the République underground next to the theater/museum. Hope you enjoy the post

The tourist office of Castres on its heritage in French : Tourist office of Castres Mazamet on heritage

The diocese of Albi on St Benoit Cathedral in French: Catholic diocese on St Benoit Cathedral

And there you go out of so much to see around there is always something architecturally and historically magical in my belle France! Enjoy Castres!and St Benoit Cathedral!!

And remember happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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