St. Pierre’s Cathédrale, Montpellier, France
St. Pierre's (St. Peter's) is a Roman Catholic Cathedral located in Montpellier, France. After this card above was posted on 13 September 2012 I received a second postcard below showing the back of the cathedral. It is hard to visualize the size of this building even with the tiny people pictured at the right. Both cards are shown in today’s update so some sense of the size can be appreciated. It is a major landmark in Montpellier. The front looks huge on the top card but is diminished when compared to the back of the building.
Rear view of St. Pierre's Cathédrale
Originally attached to the monastery of St. Benoît in 1364 the cathedral was damaged in the 16th century during the Protestant revolt. For a short period of time there were fairly large numbers of Huguenots (French Protestants) living in this general area. The cathedral was repaired or rebuilt in the 17th century and looks much the same today as it did when these postcards were printed probably between 1910 and 1940. There are a number of beautiful stained glass windows that are best seen from the inside. It was also used during the French Revolution as a refuge for soldiers. The steeple on the horizon is St. Anne’s church used today as an exhibition hall for art and a venue for other events.
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As always my thanks for sending the postcards!
The card below shows a modern aerial view of the cathedral and surrounding area including the medical faculty--the long red roofed building that forms the corner next to the cathedral. It arrived in the mail after this update was posted. Since it fits here so well I decided to add it now rather than make a second update.
Aerial view of St. Pierre's Cathédrale, Montpellier, France