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The Church of St-Etienne in La Cité: photos, description Eglise Saint-Etienne-de-la-Cite)

The Church of St-Etienne is the oldest construction of Aquitaine Perigueux. It is located in the historical center - in the heart of La Cité.

The first Christian sanctuary in this place appeared in the beginning of VI century, and the Gallo-Roman era, there stood a pagan temple dedicated to the God Mars. The modern Church building built a little later - in the early eleventh century. The Church is dedicated to Saint Stephen, known in the French tradition under the name Etienne. More than 500 years, it served as the city's Cathedral lost its special meaning only in 1669.

Unfortunately, the Cathedral reached our days in its original shape only partially - before it was a much larger size structure, topped with four domes and a powerful bell-tower, destroyed during the civil unrest, 1652, known as the "Fronde". Two antique interior galleries was burned by the Huguenots still earlier, in 1577. Survived only room for choirs, Dating from the XII century. However, the appearance of the Cathedral, despite the widespread destruction and extensive restoration work carried out in the early twentieth century, remained couched in simple Romanesque style. The monumental dome of the temple is decorated with exquisite small lantern.

Inside the Church is decorated quite modestly. The most ancient part is the tomb of the XII century, owned by the city to the Bishop, and here there is the ancient baptistery. The wooden altar of the XVII century was in the Cathedral of the neighbouring Jesuit College. Also worth noting is the powerful chair of the XVII century, the XVIII century on and fine altars.

In 1840 the Church of Saint-Etienne at Perigueux was given the status of monument of history and culture of France.