Fodor's Expert Review Cathédrale St-Nicolas

Fribourg Religious Building/Site/Shrine Fodor's Choice

Fribourg's grand cathedral rears up from the surrounding gray, 18th-century buildings. Its massive tower was completed in the 15th century, two centuries after construction began in 1283. Above the main portal, a beautifully restored tympanum of the Last Judgment shows the blessed few headed toward Peter, who holds the key to the heavenly gates; those not so fortunate are led by pig-faced demons into the cauldrons of hell. Inside you can see the famous 18th-century organ, as well as the restored 1657 organ. The exceptional stained-glass windows, installed between 1873 and 1983, are executed in a number of styles, including Pre-Raphaelite and art nouveau. In the Chapelle du St-Sépulcre (Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre), a group of 13 figures dating from 1433 portrays the entombment of Christ. If you can handle the 368 steps, climb to the tower for a panoramic view. During services, entry is not allowed.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Historical Fodor's Choice

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Rue St-Nicolas
Fribourg, Fribourg  1700, Switzerland

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free, tower 3.50 SF, Mon.–Sat. 7:30–7, Sun. 8:30 am–9:30 pm. Tower: Mar.–Nov., weekdays 10–noon and 2–5, Sat. 10–4, and Sun. 2–5, Tower closed Nov.–Mar.

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