Bourges Cathedral (1992)
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The Cathedral of St Etienne of Bourges, built between the late 12th and late 13th centuries, is one of the great masterpieces of Gothic art and is admired for its proportions and the unity of its design. The tympanum, sculptures and stained-glass windows are particularly striking. Apart from the beauty of the architecture, it attests to the power of Christianity in medieval France. 
  • France 1979. Bourges Cathedral (Cathédrale St. Etienne) on a pre-cancelled stamp. 

France 1979. Pre-cancelled stamp. Bourges Cathedral.

Bourges is a city in central France, capital of Cher Department. In the city is the Cathedral of Saint Étienne (mainly 12th-13th century), one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France. Every April, Le Printemps de Bourges, a pop and rock music festival featuring French and foreign performers, draws tourists to the city. 

France 1965. Bourges Cathedral.


The city is situated on the site of Avaricum, an important Roman settlement in Aquitania. By the 14th century Bourges was the capital of the duchy of Berry; when other parts of France were occupied by the English in the early 15th century, Charles VII of France made the city his capital. 

In 1438 he issued the Pragmatic Sanction of Bourges, limiting papal authority over the French church. Louis XI, who was born here, founded (1463) the University of Bourges, which was abolished during the French Revolution (1789-1799); the noted jurist Jacques Cujas was on its faculty in the 16th century.  

  • France 1965. Bourges Cathedral. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in France (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section France for further information on the individual properties.  

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