Avignon Cathedral

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Cathedral of Our Lady of Doms
Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms d'Avignon
France Avignon Notre Dame des Doms.jpg
Avignon Cathedral
Basic information
Location Avignon, France
Geographic coordinates 43°57′06″N 4°48′27″E / 43.95167°N 4.80750°E / 43.95167; 4.80750Coordinates: 43°57′06″N 4°48′27″E / 43.95167°N 4.80750°E / 43.95167; 4.80750
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Rite Roman
District Archdiocese of Avignon
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral
Website Official Website
Architectural description
Architectural type church
Architectural style Romanesque, Gothic
Groundbreaking 12th century
Completed 1425
Detail of a drawing by Étienne Martellange dating from the first quarter of the 17th century. The cathedral is at the top left, beyond the Palais des Papes.

Avignon Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame des Doms d'Avignon) is a Roman Catholic church located next to the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Avignon.

The cathedral is a Romanesque building, constructed primarily in the second half of the 12th century.[1] The bell tower collapsed in 1405 and was rebuilt in 1425. In 1670–1672 the apse was rebuilt and extended.[2]

The building was abandoned and allowed to deteriorate during the Revolution, but it was reconsecrated in 1822 and restored by the archbishop Célestin Dupont in 1835–1842.[3] The most prominent feature of the cathedral is a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary atop the bell tower which was erected in 1859.[3] The interior contains many works of art. The most famous of these is the mausoleum of Pope John XXII (died 1334), a 14th-century Gothic edifice. It was moved in 1759, damaged during the Revolution, and restored to its original position in 1840.[4] The cathedral was listed as a Monument historique in 1840.[5]


  1. ^ Girard 1958, p. 162.
  2. ^ Girard 1958, pp. 163, 166.
  3. ^ a b Girard 1958, p. 163.
  4. ^ Girard 1958, p. 165.
  5. ^ "Cathédrale Notre-Dame-des-Doms". Ministère de la Culture, Mérimée. Retrieved 8 August 2014.


  • Girard, Joseph (1958). Évocation du Vieil Avignon (in French). Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit. OCLC 5391399.

Further reading

  • Labande, L.-H. (1906). "L'église Notre-Dame-des-Doms, Avignon: des origines aux XIIIe siècle". Bulletin archéologique du Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques (in French). Paris: Imprimerie Nationale. pp. 282–365.
  • Labande, L.-H. (1910). "Cathédrale Notre-Dame-des-Doms". Congrès archéologique de France: LXXVIe session tenue à Avignon en 1909 par la Société française pour la conservation des monuments historiques (in French). 1. Paris: A. Picard. pp. 7–17.

External links

  • Official Website

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