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In accordance with the provisions of the legacy made by Jacques-Taurin Lormand, it was decided in 1846 to proceed with the construction of a new church in Bayonne. On the site of the future church there was until 1830 the medieval parish church. It housed for nearly two centuries the Chapel of the convent of the Capuchins, as well as a college and a cattle market.

The project for the new building was designed by architects Durand and Guichenné. Sources diverge on the date of the laying of the first stone, either sometime in 1855 or sometime in 1856. In 1862, the first windows are installed. The church was finally completed in 1889.

Like many religious buildings of the nineteenth century, the church of Saint-André is in neo-Gothic style. Its Latin cross plan has a high nave crossed by a transept. The choir is flanked by a sacristy on both sides.

The austere appearance of the building is softened by a harmonious western façade, consisting of three bays and surmounted by an imposing rose window . Two bell towers initially surrounded the facade. The latter were demolished in 1911 in the face of a threat of collapse as the building was built on marshy soil.

The above was extracted and roughly translated from 'Visites en Aquitaine' web site.

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