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β›ͺ Fribourg Cathedral

Address
Rue du Pont-Suspendu, 1700 Fribourg
Phone 1
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2018 Mai
  • Date de Visite
    13.05.2018
  • CrΓ©ation
    1490
  • GPS
    46.80612 7.16321

Fribourg Cathedral


Fribourg Cathedral is a religious monument built between 1283 and 1490 and was only named cathedral in 1924. It was previously known as St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church. It is at this time that the diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg was created to replace the bishopric of Lausanne which had ended abruptly in 1536 with the invasion of the Pays de Vaud by the Bernese and the bishop’s flight to Savoy.

The cathedral of Fribourg with the old town.
The cathedral of Fribourg with the old town.

The tower of the cathedral.
The tower of the cathedral.

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Access


There is a small car park at the roundabout in front of the cathedral, otherwise the Alps car park is a little further away but larger.

The car park on the Place Notre-Dame next to the Grenette hall.
The car park on the Place Notre-Dame next to the Grenette hall.

Visit


Entrance porch


The entrance porch is built at the end of the 14th century and is decorated with stone sculptures.

The entrance porch is built at the end of the 14th century and is decorated with stone sculptures.
The entrance porch is built at the end of the 14th century and is decorated with stone sculptures.

Interior


The cathedral of Friburg offers beautiful volumes and one can admire its stained glass windows, its ceiling or its organ.

The view of the heart and the organ.
The view of the heart The view of the organ.

Tower


The highlight of the visit is the 80-metre-high tower at the top of the tower, which can be reached for the price of CHF 5.00 after climbing the 365 steps of the spiral staircase.

The box to climb up the tower.
The box to climb up the tower.

The top of the cathedral.
The top of the cathedral.

At the top of the cathedral, one can enjoy a beautiful view of the whole city of Fribourg as well as the Fribourg pre-Alps like the MolΓ©son in the distance. Several well-designed orientation tables help the visitor to recognize the surrounding landscape.

Orientation tables allow you to discover the different monuments of Fribourg.
Orientation tables allow you to discover the different monuments of Fribourg.

View towards East.
View towards East. Fribourg cathedral

View towards South-West.
View towards South-West. fribourg cathedral

View towards West.
View towards West. fribourg cathedral

View towards North-West.
View towards North-West. fribourg cathedral

View towards North-East.
View towards North-East.

The tower is closed in winter.

Fribourg old town


The Old Town of Fribourg consists of the following districts:

  • Bourg (partly)
  • Neuveville
  • Auge

The Swiss Puppet Museum is located in the Auge district. St. Nicholas Cathedral is in the Bourg district and the historic funicular of Fribourg is in the Neuveville district.

The districts of the city of Fribourg. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
The districts of the city of Fribourg

Cathedrals of Western Switzerland


There are 4 cathedrals in French-speaking or Western Switzerland:

  1. Geneva – Protestant
  2. Lausanne/Vaud – Protestant
  3. Fribourg – Catholic
  4. Sion/Valais – Catholic

The most beautiful cathedral is undoubtedly that of Lausanne on the hill of the CitΓ©.

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Lausanne and Saint-Pierre Cathedral in Geneva.
Notre-Dame Cathedral in LausanneΒ  Saint-Pierre Cathedral in Geneva.

Video


A drone video on the Fribourg cathedral.

Webcam


Webcam on the Fribourg old town.

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