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“Impressive and very big”

St. Andre Cathedral (Cathedrale Saint-Andre)
Ranked #18 of 230 things to do in Bordeaux
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This beautiful 17th century church is one of Bordeaux's main attractions.
Reviewed 4 June 2014

As people have said there are more spectacular cathedrals and churches in France and elsewhere, but the huge nave is quite spectacular and there is a great feeling of space because the nave is so tall. It is definitely worth a short visit. Thankfully it is free, unlike the rip-off charges in the UK to visit cathedrals. It is very conveniently located, being close to Rue Ste Catharine and the square on which it sits is a Tram interchange between Line A and B. This detracts from the square itself as do the prices charged in some of the cafes nearby.

My individual reviews have to be seen in the following context.
We had a long weekend in Bordeaux recently and really enjoyed it. The sum of the whole experience was greater than the sum of the individual parts. The many sights in the old part of the city are quite close together. We enjoyed walking around supplemented by the excellent and very cheap tram system. We felt that none of the sights, with perhaps one or two exceptions, were outstanding. What was outstanding was the number of very interesting and worthwhile things to see in such a compact area. Apart from the individual sights, the old part of the town was both very attractive and atmospheric and even some of the more outlying areas were quite attractive.

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Reviewed 30 May 2014

I loved the age of this not overly impressive cathedral. It still has the "wow" factor though. Once you step inside there was a feeling of this being a sacred place. So much to see and appreciate. outside in the square on weekends there was a small group of market stalls which were a foodies delight.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

This is a beautiful old building full of interest and history. Excellent restoration work continuing to take place. Very grand and well cared for.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

This is the main cathedral in town, and is quite an impressive construction. Typically ornate on the inside, the outside is progressively being sand-blasted and will be quite extraordinary when finished. Some of the work on the exterior is superb

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

I feel guilty awarding it only average but it does not compare with Rouen or Tours. The flying buttresses have massive rather ugly piers, presumably to some good purpose.The whole of the interior of the West end contains a magnificent organ which is a thing of beauty in itself.It is rather dark inside.

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