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Cathedral Saint-Jean and the Campo Santo: photo description (Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Perpignan)

The first Church appeared on this place was built in the XII century and was dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. In the XVIII century the Church was partially destroyed later years has aggravated her condition. Today this building is known as the old Church of St. John the Baptist, it is closed and is located close to the Cathedral.

The Cathedral of Perpignan, is also sanctified by the name of John the Baptist, began to build in the first half of the XIV century by order of the king of Majorca, Sancho the First. Construction continued until 1509, it was stretched because of the wars in which was the Kingdom of Majorca and Aragon.

The Cathedral was built in the tradition of southern Gothic. A complete view of the temple gave change of the XVIII century (the construction of the Grand staircase and the appearance of the clock tower), as well as the restoration of the XIX-XX centuries.

The interior of the Cathedral is well preserved, inside you can see the elements of the situation, which date back as far as the XVI century (the body) and the nineteenth (chancel screen and painted walls). Feature of the temple is a window in the roof of the transept, through which in the day of the Trinity congregation servant dumped the flowers - so during the holiday tried to symbolically depict the coming of the Holy spirit. In one of the chapels of the Cathedral holds the remains of king Sancho the First.

On the South side of the Church is the Campo Santo - the former historic cemetery, a small monastery was founded supposedly in the XIII-XIV centuries. On the territory of the monastery housed a Seminary and even the gendarmerie, which led to the destruction of the buildings of the cemetery, your "contribution" to the devastation also made the French revolution. The complex was restored in the late XX century. Today on the territory of the Campo Santo you can see the rows of crypts, and in the complex of the Church includes two chapels - the burial of Christ crucified, and the hospital Saint-Jean.