On this day April 14, 1434

The foundation stone of Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes, France is laid by John, Duke of Brittany and Jean de Malestroit, Bishop of Nantes.

cathedrale_saint-pierre_de_nantesThe first architect in charge was Guillaume de Dammartin who was later replaced by Mathurin Rodier. The construction began with the west façade, the aisles of the nave and its lateral chapels.

The construction of the cathedral began in 1434, on the site of a Romanesque cathedral, and took 457 years to finish, finally reaching completion in 1891.

On 28 January 1972 a gigantic fire started on the roof. Firemen managed to bring it under control, but the timber frame was severely damaged, and many other damages were inflicted. This event led to what was undoubtedly the most complete interior restoration of a cathedral in France.


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