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A view of the main entrance and facade of Bayonne cathedral in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, South-West France..

The main parts of the cathedral, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, were constructed in stages between the 13th and 16th centuries. However, it was not until a major operation led by Paul Louis Boeswillwald, a pupil of Viollet-Le-Duc, that the 85 metre high spires were completed in the 19th century giving the cathedral the elegant outline it retains today.

It is Gothic in style and built using locally-sourced white and red stone on the site of a Romanesque cathedral which was destroyed by fire in 1258. Situated in the heart of the historic centre of Bayonne on a mound overlooking the Nive and Adour rivers, the cathedral contains relics of St Leo (St Léon in French), a 9th century Bishop of Bayonne

It was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1998 as part of the French Pilgrim Routes of Santiago de Compostela.

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