The Cathedral of St Peter & St Paul in Nantes

The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in Nantes is built on the site of an earlier, Romanesque church and began building in 1434, taking nearly 500 years to complete. It is an extraordinarily beautiful and peaceful building, with no sign today of the severe bomb damage in WWII or the devastating fire in 1972.

The Cathedral of St Peter & St Paul, Nantes

The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, Nantes

Inside the church soars upwards, over 100 feet high in the nave, higher than Notre Dame in Paris, and the simplicity is breathtaking. And the stained glass windows create wonderful colours of light.

The Cathedral of St Peter & St Paul, Nantes

The Cathedral of St Peter & St Paul, Nantes

The Cathedral of St Peter & St Paul, Nantes

The marble tomb of François II and his wife Margaret de Foix is huge, and very lifelike – these are the parents of Anne of Brittany who commissioned the tomb at the beginning of the 16C.

The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, Nantes

 

The Cathedral is in the middle of the old town and it was easy to just pop in and sit quietly for a few minutes – wonderful.