Cathedral of St. Nazaire (Béziers), France
Cathedral of St. Nazaire (Béziers)
Béziers is one of the oldest roman towns in the was one of the oldest towns on the Mediterranean.
The Saint Nazaire Cathedral was first mentioned in the 8th C.
In 1130, the master builder Geravis built a Romanesque church.
Today, little is left of the church as in July 1209 it was burned down as part of the Crusade against the Albigensians. All who were hiding within the Church at the time of the battle were killed.
Rebuilt between the 13th and 15th centuries, the church is a good example of southern Gothic architecture with magnificent frescoes, a fascinating organ case, and other interesting items.
Béziers was a stronghold for Catharism, a movement of which the Catholic Church condemned as heretical. Accordingly, Béziers was sacked in 1209.