Digne Cathedral

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Digne Cathedral
Cathédrale Saint-Jérome de Digne
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Digne Cathedral
Religion
AffiliationRoman Catholic Church
ProvinceBishops of Digne, Riez and Sisteron
RegionAlpes-de-Haute-Provence
RiteRoman
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusCathedral
StatusActive
Location
LocationDigne-les-Bains,  France
Geographic coordinatesCoordinates: 44°5′31″N 6°14′10″E / 44.09194°N 6.23611°E / 44.09194; 6.23611
Architecture
Typechurch
StyleRomanesque
Groundbreaking15th century
Completed19th century

Digne Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Saint-Jérome de Digne) is a Roman Catholic church located in the town of Digne-les-Bains, France. The cathedral has been a monument historique since 1906.[1] It is the seat of the Bishops of Digne, Riez and Sisteron, formerly Bishops of Digne.

Digne Cathedral, west front

Construction began in 1490 by the order of the then bishop Antoine de Guiramand to cater for the movement of the town's population to a higher, more secure and defensible location round the local castle. The cathedral was renovated and expanded in the 1860s under the direction of architect Antoine-Nicolas Bailly.

The previous cathedral in the old town, Notre-Dame-du-Bourg (Cathédrale Notre-Dame-du-Bourg de Digne), a late Romanesque building of the 13th century, still stands as a museum.

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