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Nantes Cathedral Saints Peter and Paul. Peter and Paul: photos, description Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul de Nantes)

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Nantes was a witness of several historical events that saw some of the famous characters of French history. So, at the end of the XVI century, the city had signed the edict of Nantes, which equate the rights of religion between Catholics and Protestants. The edict was composed by order of king Henry IV in 1598, arrived in Nantes for a signing and visited the Cathedral during this visit. Approximately one and a half centuries earlier, in the Cathedral repented Gilles de Rais, a military leader during the hundred years war, and ally of Joan of Arc, better known as Bluebeard. And in 1661 at the Cathedral square, the Minister of Finance of Louis XIV, Nicolas Fouquet was arrested by Charles de Bezem, count d'artagnan, the prototype of the literary hero of Alexander Dumas.

Cathedral in Nantes is the largest Gothic Church not just in Brittany but throughout France, for its size it is comparable with the Paris Notre Dame Cathedral - Nantes below it on six meters. The height of the Cathedral of Peter and Paul is 63 meters, and the height of the Notre Dame Cathedral is 69 metres.

The current appearance of the Cathedral was formed over four and a half centuries. It was built in the first half of the XV century to the end of the XIX century. And before that the site of the temple alternately there were three religious structures built in the III, VI and XI centuries. The first structure was a chapel in which was kept the Christian relic - the nails from the cross on which was crucified the Apostle Peter. In this Cathedral were buried Francis II and Marguerite de Foix, parents of Anne de Bretagne.

The temple in Nantes was restored several times: in the nineteenth century and twice in the XX-th after the end of world war II and 70-ies, after the top of the Cathedral the fault of the worker-restorer fire occurred. In 2008 was completed the restoration of the medieval West facade. In 2013 the Cathedral was an act of vandalism in which attackers daubed the walls inside the Cathedral satanic and Nazi slogans and damaged elements of the interior.