Photographer's Note

Bayonne cathedral cloister dates from 1240.

The main parts of the cathedral itself, 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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