La Cathédrale Saint-Jean

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.

La Cathédrale Saint-Jean
rue de la Convention
25000 BESANCON
03 81 82 60 20 cathedrale@diocese-besancon.fr
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Opening periods and special opening conditions / Covid-19

  • Open to the public for free visits from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., guided tour by reservation at the Tourist Office

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Tours

  • Parcours adapté aux enfants
  • Visite guidée sur rendez-vous
  • Visite libre

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