Besançon Cathedral

Local nameCathédrale Saint-Jean
LocationCitadelle, Besançon, France

Besançon Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Saint John located in the town of Besançon, France. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Besançon.

The cathedral consists of a large nave between two aisles, and dates from the 11th to the 13th century. It has two facing apses, each with an altar. The lack of a transept and the facing apses parallel the designs of contemporary German cathedrals. The Romanesque arches date from the 13th century. It does not have a main doorway. The choir dates to the 18th century.

The cathedral is situated near the base of Mont Saint-Étienne, below the citadel. To the east of the cathedral is the 16th-century Porte Rivotte, with two round towers, and pedestrian walkways dating to the 19th century.

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Address 31 Rue du Chapitre, Besançon 25000, France

Coordinates 47°14'1.257" N 6°1'49.441" E

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