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Top Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Montpellier

Montpellier is a city with an impressive number of churches. The architecture of all the religious buildings is amazing and aside from the theological purposes they are fulfilling, they are also a very nice decoration for the city. Montpellier is rich in very old churches, but there are also new churches with modern designs that are a refreshing detail to the city's panorama, like Saint François. Take this tour to see them all and enjoy the "belles vues" around the old town churches.
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Top Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Top Religious Buildings
Guide Location: France » Montpellier (See other walking tours in Montpellier)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Chapel of the White Penitents
  • Dominican Chapel
  • Notre Dame des Tables Basilica
  • Saint Matthieu Church
  • Montpellier Cathedral
  • Church of Saint Anne & Carre Saint Anne Gallery
  • Saint Roch Church
  • Chapel of the Blue Penitents
  • Rue Maguelone Reformed Church
  • Saint François Church
Chapel of the White Penitents

1) Chapel of the White Penitents

Chapel of the White Penitents is another religious building which doesn't have its doors open to people all the time, but this does not present an impediment to admiring its external beauty. Until the sixteenth century, the facade of the chapel belonged to the church of Saint Foy, until it was almost entirely demolished. In 1624, the chapel was reconstructed. It now gets open very rarely, offering the amazing sight of its interior - beautiful old paintings and colourful stained glass. It has a sleek facade, characteristic of the thirteenth century, and is decorated with three stripes and a beautiful classical portal. There are very nice acoustics, and the ceiling painted gilt decoration has given it its nickname - the Sistine Languedoc.
Dominican Chapel

2) Dominican Chapel

The Dominican Chapel was established in the center of Montpellier in 1221 by the Dominican brothers' community. The site dates back to 1643 and bears certain traces of early Baroque. This site also used to be an Augustinian Convent. Nowadays the chapel is open for everybody all day long. The minimalism of the constructions lets the visitors concentrate on the calm and the spirit that is created by the concerts organized by the Dominicans. The most beautiful thing about the chapel is the light that plays in the stained glass and creates the impression that it changes all day long.
Notre Dame des Tables Basilica

3) Notre Dame des Tables Basilica

Notre Dame des Tables Basilica is a church that reflects very clearly the religious history of Montpellier. It was once considered the mother church of the city. The building was designed in Baroque style by French architect Jean Giral. The construction took place between 1707 and 1748. Before it was named Notre Dame des Tables, the church's name was Saint Mary. It was renamed in the Middle Ages, when tables of the street sellers were placed in front of the church. The church owns a restored pipe organ, dating from the 18th century.
Saint Matthieu Church

4) Saint Matthieu Church

Saint Matthieu Church is one of the oldest churches in the city. It used to be a Dominican Chapel, with a facade of the Corinthian order, that dates from 1829. It was built in 1624, but some of the artifacts, furnishings and paintings that decorate the interior of the building, have a much longer history, some of them dating from the seventeenth century. It is not a working church, but it still is a wonderful monument of art. An exception is the holiday of Saint Matthieu. On this grand day, the doors of the church are open and a ceremony is held.
Montpellier Cathedral

5) Montpellier Cathedral (must see)

Montpellier Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier) is a Roman Catholic cathedral and a national monument of France, located in the town of Montpellier. It is the seat of the archbishops, previously the bishops, of Montpellier. Originally attached to the monastery of Saint-Benoît (founded in 1364), the church was elevated to the status of cathedral in 1536, when the sea of Maguelonne became part of Montpellier. It suffered extensive damage during the Wars of Religion between Catholics and Protestants in the 16th century, and was subsequently rebuilt in the 17th century.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of Saint Anne & Carre Saint Anne Gallery

6) Church of Saint Anne & Carre Saint Anne Gallery (must see)

Church of Saint Anne in Montpellier is one of the most eye-catching landmarks in the area. It is one of the tallest buildings in the city, and therefore can be seen from a long distance. The Neo-Gothic-style church was erected between 1866 and 1869 by Jules Cassan, on the former site of a church dating from the 12th century.

Since 1991, the building hosts a popular contemporary art gallery - "Carre Saint Anne". The building hosts exhibitions of paintings, photographs and other graphic pieces, featuring varied artistic trends. The manager, Dominique Thévenot, is very interested in promoting creative young persons of the region. Admission is free all year long, with exceptions during the biennial of creative young persons.
Saint Roch Church

7) Saint Roch Church (must see)

The Church of Saint Roch was initiated in the nineteenth century, replacing another church located on this site. It was named in honour of Saint Roch, the patron of the city of Montpellier. Legend has it that he was born in this city. The construction of the church is in Neo-Gothic style. The church has been completely renovated and today you can admire two beautiful stained glass windows taken from another church, representing St. Paul and St. Roch, installed there during its renovation. The Church of Saint Roch hosts a pilgrimage ritual every year.
Chapel of the Blue Penitents

8) Chapel of the Blue Penitents

The Chapel of the Blue Penitents is the building where the Company of the Blue Penitents of Montpellier reside. They organized their meetings in many different places. The chapel was built in Neo-Gothic style between 1846 and 1848. The Company of the Blue Penitents are the only ones who support the restoration and preservation works.
Rue Maguelone Reformed Church

9) Rue Maguelone Reformed Church

Rue Maguelone Reformed Church was initiated in 1867; the works were finished in 1870. This Protestant church is considered an important landmark in Montpellier due to its beautiful architecture. The building of the temple meets the needs of a Protestant community in full development. The architectural style of the church is Neo-Roman. The master who worked on the design is Corvetto, a very popular and talented architect of that time. The cross-shaped building has very good acoustics.
Saint François Church

10) Saint François Church

Saint François Church was built in the 1990s. The design of the building is very different from the classical-looking churches. It is very modern and unusual, having the shape of a sail-ship, with a sail as a glass covered wall. Strangely, the interior is very light and simple. Even if the architecture of the church is extremely modern and practical, every detail of the building carries theological messages and symbols. Still, it possesses traditional church features such as stained glass inner windows.

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