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Cathedral. Peter: photos, description Cathedrale Saint-Pierre de Saintes)

French town St is located in the seaside district of the Poitou - Charentes region, West of the centre of the country. Previously, there was a major Gallic settlement. Overall, the city has preserved much medieval architecture, but more buildings were heavily damaged or even completely destroyed during the religious wars of the XVI century. Such a fate narrowly escaped the Cathedral.

It was consecrated in honor of St. Peter the Apostle was built in the XII century in Romanesque style, but later it was completely dismantled and rebuilt - and this time in flamboyant Gothic style. The construction lasted quite a long time - since 1450. Started in 1565, religious wars, and the subsequent foray of the Huguenots led to the collapse of the nave of the unfinished temple. He had almost completely recovered. The restoration works lasted for several centuries. It is worth noting that during the French revolution, the Cathedral, fortunately, was not injured. However, many of the projects at the completion of the temple were not implemented due to the lack of decent funding.

Still in the overall appearance of this architecture there is some discordant incompleteness. This is especially true of the steeple, seeming too crowded due to the lack of its crowning spire, the planned construction of which has not been implemented. Now above it stands a small low dome. Its final height of 96 metres.

The interior of the temple is striking in its modesty. However, preserved several paintings on religious themes in the XVIII-XIX centuries. Of special interest is another painting, completed in 2013, depicting a new Pope - Francis. Also worth noting is the elegant stained glass Windows. The wooden ceiling was finished in 1927. Besides the main rooms, the temple consists of more than a dozen separate small chapels, some of them preserved the Gothic decorations of the XV century.

Located in the Cathedral Treasury, one of the largest in the region. Among the exhibits is to provide religious utensils, made of silver, and a collection of porcelain of XVIII century. The old cloister dates from the XIII century.