Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms d'Avignon - Avignon/France
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member KaPsTeam
N 43° 57.086 E 004° 48.470
31T E 645061 N 4868068
Quick Description: The Cathedral of Avignon or Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms d'Avignon is the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Avignon in the south of France and the seat of the Archbishop of Avignon Cathedral.
Location: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Date Posted: 4/27/2014 8:39:59 AM
Waymark Code: WMKKK9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
The cathedral is a Romanesque building that has arisen mainly in the 12th century and initially consisted only of the nave. It was only during the pontificate of John XXII. in the 14th century, the cathedral was added to the side chapels.

In the 17th century the chancel was rebuilt (1670 ) and added a gallery in baroque style. In the presbytery there is a crafted from white marble bishop's throne in the 12th century , on which sat the popes. It is decorated with sculptures of the symbols of the Evangelists Mark and Luke ( winged lion and a winged bull) .

During the French Revolution , the cathedral was badly damaged and turned into a prison . The cathedral was rebuilt in the first half of the 19th century on the initiative of the then archbishop and later Cardinal Jacob du Pont .

Of the numerous works of art inside the cathedral is the mausoleum of Pope John XXII . probably the most important . It is a masterpiece of Gothic carving of the 14th century. In the same chapel the treasury is also housed , will be exhibited in the liturgical vessels and clothes , reliquaries , and ritual objects .

Since 1995, the cathedral belongs together with the Pope's Palace (Palais des Papes ) and the Pont Saint- Benezet called stone bridge over the Rhone , a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The most striking feature of the cathedral is the 4.5 ton made ??of lead, gilded statue of the Virgin Mary, which dominates the western tower since 1859. The east tower, which is now the city bell tower collapsed in 1405, but was rebuilt in 1425 already.
Address:
Place du Palais 84000 Avignon Tel : 04 90 82 12 21


Religious affiliation: Roman-catholic

Date founded or constructed: 14th century

Web site: [Web Link]

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