Church of Saint-Etienne-de-la-Cité Abbeys, Churches, Priories in Périgueux

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed

Closes at 06:00 pm

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Useful information

Location : In town

Province : White Périgord

  • English
    • First cathedral of the City of Périgueux, until 1577. The Protestants attacked two of its cupolas and its bell tower which were destroyed. Used during the Fronde as a riding school, it lost its title of cathedral in favor of Saint-Front in the XVIIth century.

      The dome of the West (11th century) is in the purest tradition of Romanesque art while that of the East was restored in the 17th century. Inside, an elegant broken arch above the tomb of Bishop Jean d'Asside, an organ from Carrouges (18th century), restored in 1993 and a perpetual calendar celebrating the Easter celebrations from 1163 to 1253.

      The church of St. Etienne de la Cité is open free visit from 9am to 18pm except on Sundays (with exceptions). It is possible to discover it on a guided tour with a tour guide from the Périgueux Tourist Office, as part of group guided tours or urban walks, by reservation throughout the year.

      www.tourisme-grandperigueux.fr

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Traveller Reviews Church of Saint-Etienne-de-la-Cité

4.3 sur 5 73 reviews

  • Vincent Oliver

    3 sur 5 Reviews posted by Vincent Oliver on 01/05/2023

    An imposing building with a cavernous and relatively plain interior - as far a churches go. Nice to visit but I assume the Cathedral Periguex gets all the glory, despite this bring the first in the city!

  • its Mel

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by its Mel on 18/10/2017

    Wow, now THIS is a Church ! It is such a beautiful home for God. You can actually feel His presence. It's absolutely Perfect...I would not change a thing. "If these walls could talk..."

  • joost

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by joost on 27/09/2016

    The tourism office of Perigueux has a map (in English) with two history walks. The ‘Gallo Romain’ walk includes the St. Etienne church. Though the parts of the present building date back to the 11th century, its fundaments go back to roman times, the building is situated within the wall build in a hurry as the roman empire collapsed. The building functioned as the first cathedral of Perigueux until the Protestants destroyed two of its cupolas and the bell tower in 1577. With the construction of the Saint Front cathedral, it lost its functions and the remnants became a cavalry training center. The design follows the ‘ecole du Perigord’ with its typical lines of cupolas. Other well known examples from Cahors, Souillac, Solignac and Angouleme, and of course the Saint Front cathedral of Perigueux. The western cupola retains its 11th century Romanesque integrity, whiles the eastern cupola was restored during the 17th century and given Gothic arches. Inside the church (it has since reclaimed its function) are a number of interesting relics. Interesting stop on the historical walk.

Traveller Reviews Church of Saint-Etienne-de-la-Cité

4.0 sur 5 54 reviews

  • "The older church"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Charles F (Newtown, United Kingdom) on 27/07/2018

    This church precedes the central cathedral, old architecture nearer to the roman ruins which were a source of building materials, west of the centre, worth a look whilst walking the town.

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  • "puzzling architecture"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by aldernodules (Coleraine, United Kingdom) on 15/07/2018

    It is always fascinating looking at what remains of a centuries-old building and trying to work out which bits were built when. The church, as you see it today, is a remnant of its former self - it...

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  • "Calm, quiet, cool on a hit summer's day"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Patertiska (Perth, Australia) on 12/07/2017

    Fascinating church on an island between roads off the tourist path in Perigueux. Worth the search to find it, and a pleasant place to visit after the Roman ruins 2-3 streets away. Rest and recover in...

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Church of Saint-Etienne-de-la-Cité

Address

Rue de la Cité
24000 Périgueux

GPS coordinates

45° 10'53.77"N, 0° 42'55.6"E

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