Bourges Cathedral

Definition

Bourges Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Stephen, is a Gothic cathedral located in Bourges, Le Cher, central France. Built from 1195 to 1245, the cathedral is one of the largest in Europe and contains many magnificent stained glass windows which date to the 13th century. Bourges Cathedral is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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  • c. 1195
    Constructon begins on building a new Bourges cathedral in the Gothic style.
  • 1215 - 1225
    Construction work is suspended on Bourges cathedral, likely due to lack of funds.
  • c. 1245
    The construction of Bourges cathedral is largely completed.
  • 1259
    A fire damages parts of Bourges cathedral.
  • 5 May 1324
    Bourges cathedral is officially dedicated to Saint Stephen.
  • Apr 1422
    The future Charles VII of France (r. 1422-1461) marries Marie d’Anjou in Bourges cathedral.
  • 31 Dec 1506
    The North Tower of Bourges cathedral collapses but is rebuilt.
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