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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

    The cathedral is open all year round at the following times: 9am to 6pm (from All Saints' Day to Easter), 9am to 7pm (the rest of the year).
    from Mon 04/01 to Thu 10/31/2024 : from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
    from Fri 11/01 to Tue 12/31/2024 : from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Practical information

    Group service


    Religious heritage
    Listed or registered (CNMHS)

    See also

    BESANCON - 07/24/2024

    Visite de la Cathédrale St Jean

    BESANCON - from 09/27/2024 to 10/18/2024

    Du palais des archevêques au rectorat

    Partner member

    Centre Diocésain AP 1er de Grammont

    BESANCON - from 04/02/2024 to 01/05/2025

    Horloge Astronomique