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La Cathédrale Saint-Jean

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    The 12th and 18th century Saint-Jean Cathedral has the particularity of having two apses: the Romanesque choir and the richly decorated 18th century counter-choir. Among the valuable furniture, the circular white marble altar, the only French example of this type, stands out, or the painting of "The Virgin of the Saints" painted in 1512 by Fra Bartolomeo. Next to it, this is the famous Astronomical Clock with a complex mechanism whose many animated figures evoke the resurrection of Christ.
    Guided tour possible on request from Besançon Tourisme et Congrès.


    Opening periods

    Open all year round
    from Thursday 11/02 to Sunday 03/31/2024-from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Practical information

    Group service


    Patrimoine religieux
    Listed or registered (CNMHS)


      MINI Max Additional information

    See also

    BESANCON - from 12/15/2023 to 04/12/2024

    Du palais des archevêques au rectorat

    Partner member
    BESANCON - from 01/01/2023 to 12/31/2023

    Centre Diocésain AP 1er de Grammont

    BESANCON - from 12/23/2023 to 03/11/2024

    Horloge Astronomique