🇫🇷 Notre Dame de la Treille

Notre Dame de la Treille, Lille

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Notre Dame de la Treille is the great cathedral of Lille and is a popular landmark of the city because of its neo-Gothic style and unique architecture. Most of the church dates from 1854, but the modern façade was only added to the structure in 1999. The front façade consists of an iron pointed arch structure lined with marble tiles. A 6.5-metre rose window is built into the top of the pointed arch.

The cathedral may not look very pretty from the outside, but inside it is worth seeing, the building has tall pillars, beautiful statues and the stained-glass windows are a picture to behold. At the front of the cathedral is an extraordinary statue of Mary dating back to the 12th century. Despite its exterior, it is a beautiful cathedral to visit!  

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🇨🇭 Bern Minster

Bern Minster, Bern

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Bern Minster, also known as Bern Cathedral or St Vincent Cathedral, is the largest and most important ecclesiastical building in Switzerland. You can see Bern Minster standing from a great distance and it adds character to the old town. Construction began in 1421 and took centuries before the church was fully finished. The spire was not completed until 1893.

The Cathedral consists of beautiful stained-glass windows and inside you can marvel at the many Gothic images. Through a staircase with 344 steps, you will reach the top of the tower. Once at the top, you will be well rewarded. From the top point of this gothic cathedral, you have a great view of the old town and, if you are lucky, the snow-capped mountain peaks of Bernese Oberland. Highly recommended!  

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🇦🇹 St. Stephen’s Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

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St Stephen’s Cathedral, surely the symbol of Vienna. Built in 1683 by the Turks, this magnificent cathedral is located in the heart of the city centre. Thanks to its colourful scaly roof, the church is one of Vienna’s most famous sights.

The Cathedral is beautiful outside and inside, so it is a good idea to look inside, but it is an even better idea to climb this cathedral. Walk up 334 steps and admire the spectacular view from the top. The Cathedral has a tower that rises 136 metres above the city. The view is truly fantastic!  

You can visit St Stephen’s Cathedral for free, only if you want to climb the towers or visit the crypt, you have to pay an entrance fee.

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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris

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After the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame is Paris‘ most famous landmark. You probably know Notre Dame from the big fire that took place in 2019. Unfortunately, Notre-Dame is currently closed to visitors until 2024 due to renovation work.

Despite the major fire, the cathedral is without doubt the most famous and most photographed Gothic monument in the world. Construction of the church began in 1163. Almost 200 years later in 1345, the structure was completed. Notre-Dame is a magnificent structure with unprecedented details for its time. It lies picturesquely on the Seine and especially in the evening, this is an atmospheric spot when the cathedral is illuminated. You can enter the cathedral to admire the inside. The gigantic pillars, artworks and stained-glass windows impress everyone.

You will find Notre Dame is located on the Île de la Cité, which is a small island in the middle of the Seine.

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La Sagrada Família

La Sagrada Família, Barcelona

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The Sagrada Família is Barcelona’s busiest landmark and the most famous masterpiece of modernist architect Antoni Gaudí. This gigantic basilica has been under construction since 1882. If all goes well, the Sagrada Família will finally be fully completed by the end of 2026.

One of the reasons why construction is taking so extremely long is because it can only be financed by gifts and donations. Fortunately, this goes a lot faster these days than a century ago. This is because tourists pay an entrance fee to see the inside of the church and that money is used for construction. So that’s why you also contribute a little bit, when visiting the cathedral. Meanwhile, construction has been going on for so long that part of the basilica is already in need of renovation.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

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St. Paul’s Cathedral in London is the second largest cathedral in the world, with its 111-metre-high dome, which you can climb for stunning views over central London. From the outside, the Cathedral is a building well worth seeing.  

But be sure to take a look inside too. Inside the Cathedral, you can descend to the crypt, where the remains of Nelson or the Duke of Wellington rest. Enjoy the architectural style, the metre-high vaults, the imposing art, it really is all splendour. Without a doubt, a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral is a must before leaving London.

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Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral, Köln

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Cologne has as many as 240 churches in total, including 12 large Romanesque cathedrals. Old Cologne Cathedral or Kölner Dom is undoubtedly the most famous and eye-catching. The Cathedral is considered a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

Despite heavy bombing, Cologne Cathedral survived both world wars almost unscathed and is more than 765 years old and now added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

For stunning views, climb Cologne Cathedral. The climb to the top is a whopping 509 steps, a hefty climb, but well worth it for the view. This is the largest cathedral in Germany and even one of the largest cathedrals in the whole of Europe. This makes it the most visited landmark in all of Germany, as Cologne Cathedral is visited by 20,000 people daily.

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🇫🇷 Bordeaux Cathedral

Bordeaux Cathedral, Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is a beautiful city with plenty to see and do. One of the best places to visit is the beautiful Cathédrale Saint-André. Located in the central square of Pey Berland, the cathedral is a national monument of France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Gothic architecture is breathtaking, consisting of detailed stone sculptures, stone arches and two huge spires, the cathedral’s history is fascinating.

There are several activities to do at the cathedral. Visit the treasury, attend a service, or climb to the top of the bell tower for spectacular views of Bordeaux. To get to the top of the bell tower is a real climb, as you have to climb 231 steps.

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Notre Dame Saigon

Notre Dame Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

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The famous Notre Dame Cathedral or Saigon, built between 1863 and 1880 by French settlers, is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s architectural wonders. Apart from being one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most important attractions, the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral still serves as a religious institution for locals. The 2 towers, 58 metres high, tower high above the streetscape.

Saigon was also called the Paris of the East at the time, but unfortunately many of the old French buildings were lost in the war. The cathedral does not compare to the one in Paris, although it is just as impressive. Other remnants of the French period include the adjacent post office and the town hall: both a beautiful example of colonial architecture.

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