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⛪ Lausanne Cathedral

Address
Place de la Cathédrale (Cité), 1005 Lausanne
Phone 1
  • Date de Visite
    02.01.2018
  • Création
    1170-1235
  • Fréquentation
    480'000 (2010?)
  • GPS
    46.52262 6.63536

Lausanne Cathedral


The cathedral of Lausanne is located in the heights of the town on the Cité hill near the Saint-Maire castle and next to the Old Bishop’s Palace. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Switzerland along with those of Bern, Geneva and Fribourg and it is the most beautiful in the country. It was built between 1170 and 1235 almost 200 years before the Saint-Maire Castle.

The cathedral from the Bessière bridge.
The cathedral from the Bessière bridge.

The magnificent model exhibited at the Historical Museum of Lausanne.
The magnificent model exhibited at the Historical Museum of Lausanne.

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Access


Parking next to the Saint-Maire castle or at the Riponne underground car park.

The car park next to the Saint-Maire castle.
The car park next to the Saint-Maire castle.

Structure


The cathedral of Lausanne impresses with its elegant appearance. In particular, it has a large and magnificent rose window, an access portal decorated with statues and two towers, the belfry tower at 67 m and the lantern tower at 80 m. Inside, one can admire the height of the vault, the stained glass windows and a magnificent custom-built organ which cost 6 million francs.

The belfry and its entrance.
The belfry and its entrance. cathedral of Lausanne The belfry. cathedral of Lausanne

The lantern tower.
The lantern tower. cathedral of lausanne

The ceiling with the organ.
The ceiling with the organ. lausanne cathedral

Belfry visit


A visit to the belfry which houses the 7 bells of the cathedral is worthwhile and allows you to enjoy a beautiful view of the Lake Geneva basin, the Fribourg pre-Alps as well as the Valais and French Alps after an ascent of 224 steps. The belfry houses an original curiosity with the presence of a watchman who, since the 15th century, shouts out the time. Nowadays this is done only between 10pm and 2am.

A bell in the belfry.
A bell in the belfry. lausanne cathedral

The belfry illumination for the new year.
The belfry illumination for the new year.

The view of the St-Maire castle from the belfry.
The view of the St-Maire castle from the belfry.

Videos


A drone video in the cathedral.

A drone video inside the cathedral.

Webcam


Webcam on the Bessière bridge next to the cathedral.

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