Address Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Poitiers 1 Rue Sainte-Croix, 86000 Poitiers, France

Built from 1160 on the initiative of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II Plantagenet, the cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Poitiers is a real architectural jewel.

Seat of the archdiocese of Poitiers, the cathedral was built on the ruins of another place of worship. Little information is available about this first construction.

The second was much better documented. Financed by the parish and by Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II Plantagenet, the construction of cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Poitiers was a long process. Nearly two centuries were necessary before it was finally consecrated.

Plundered, burned, hit by cannonballs or struck by lightning, the solid building has struggled through time. In 1912, Pope Pius X even granted it the title of minor basilica.

The cathedral is also known for its incredible stained glass windows dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, among the most beautiful in western France. Some murals from the same period remain, as well as stalls, those characteristic rows of wooden seats, among the oldest in the country.

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