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CATHEDRAL SAINT ETIENNE

Jewel of Gothic art in France
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Bourges is in the center of France, 2 ½ hours south of Paris. Its cathedral is a true treasure, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1992. The area surrounding it has special charm with its medieval half-timbered houses.

Saint Stephen is seen as an example for the Church to follow, as he is considered to be the first Christian martyr whose death contributed to the conversion of Saint Paul. This is why he was chosen as the patron saint of the cathedral. Built between the 12th and end of the 13th centuries, the Gothic architecture was modern for the times. The tympanum, the sculptures and the stained glass windows are particularly outstanding. Inside, one can admire the rare stained glass windows from the 13th century. Over and above the technological prowess of the architecture, this cathedral is today testimony to the strength of Christianity in France in medieval times. A walking tour through the area with the half-timbered houses takes one back in time to the Middle Ages, a time of glory for the cathedral and Christianity.

Today, pilgrims and visitors can hear the singing of the cathedral's Choir School. The 50 adults and 100 children accompany Sunday mass as well as major occasions in the diocese. They regularly travel abroad, as well.

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