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The ancient Cathedral of St. Just and St. Pasteur in Narbonne

As the papal campagin against the Cathars ended with the burning of some 220 perfects at Montsegur in 1244 it was time for the Pope to display his almighty power and of course building a grand cathedral in Narbonne was one way to do this. Especially as the Archbishop of Audes at that time was seated in just Narbonne.

Starting in 1272 on the site of 3 older churches: A basilica from the time of Constatine, a Roman basilica and a cathedral of the Caroligan periode. The cathedral of today was consecrated in 1587 by the archbishop of Narbonne Francois de Joyeuse (only 25 years at the time) and dedicated to the martyrs St Just and St Pasteurs.

The Cathedral is never completed as attempts to finish it later on was stopped as it also would include removal of the walls surrounding the cathedral in medieval times.
The choir is some 48m wide and 55m long. The arches rise to impressively 40m (only ‘beaten’ by the cathedrals in Beauvais (48m), Amiens (42m) and Metz (41m)).

The cathedral is not a standalone building structure as it was also integrated with a monastery and the archbishop’s impressive Palace. From some sides looking more like a fortification than a church.

Not an easy task to photograph this cathedral as it is a lack of open spaces around it. In fact even if you can see the significant structure from a long distance it is almost hidden being close to it in the environment of the city itself. In the variant presented here we are at one of the sides photographing from the cathedrals garden.
In the workshop an alternative photo displaying the unfinished front side.

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Additional Photos by Jack R Johanson (jrj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 494 N: 7430] (34843)
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