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Mirepoix Cathedral, Mirepoix

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Mirepoix Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Maurice de Mirepoix) is a Roman Catholic church located in the southwestern town of Mirepoix, Ariège, France.

The foundation stone was laid by Jean de Lévis on the 6th May 1298. Construction continued, with interruptions, over the next six centuries. The cathedral was restored in 1858 and 1859 by Prosper Mérimée, and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

The cathedral has the second widest Gothic arch in Europe, after that of the Girona Cathedral in Catalonia, Spain.

It was formerly the seat of the Bishop of Mirepoix. The diocese, created in 1317, was abolished under the civil constitution of the clergy in 1790, and confirmed under the Concordat of 1801 and the territory divided between the Diocese of Carcassonne and the Archdiocese of Toulouse[1].
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  • This ancient church, founded in the 11th century, is beautiful. Much of the original painted wall decoration survives, giving a sense of how colorful it must have been originally.  more »
  • I like big apses and I cannot lie. And this is one of the largest in France, though the cathedral itself is lovely, but not remarkable. Dominates the town square, which had a lively market the day.....  more »
  • It is a very old church, it began to be made at XII (1209 if I'm not wrong) century and had finished at XIX century. It's construction stopped between the years 1300-1400 because of the "hundred years war" (England vs France) and because of a pest epidemic. An interesting landmark to be visit. I guess that it is one pf the oldest of France.
  • Beautiful features included some ancient painted walls

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