An example of Southern Gothic
A bit of History
It became a Cathedral in 1536 when the Archdiocese of Maguelone was transferred to Montpellier, Saint-Pierre was originally the chapel of the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Benoît.
A must-see: the porch, an imposing canopy supported by huge circular piers 4.55m in diameter that once bore the coat of arms of Urban V, a student and teacher in Montpellier, then appointed bishop before being elected pope in Avignon (1362).
As great example of Southern Gothic, it is the only medieval church from Montpellier’s city center that survived the War of Religions.
Inside you will discover a major artwork from the french artist Sébastien Bourdon “The fall of Simon the magician”.
This painting depicts an apocryphal episode in the life of Saint Peter.
The Cathedral has been classified as “Historical Monument” since 1996.