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Sospel Cathedral, Sospel

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Sospel Cathedral (French: Cocathédrale Saint-Michel de Sospel) is a Roman Catholic church and former cathedral in the town of Sospel, France.

It was formerly the seat of the schismatic Bishopric of Sospel, created in 1378 from the Diocese of Ventimiglia during the Great Schism as the Avignon-obedience seat of the effectively split bishopric (the 'Italian' part remaining loyal to Rome with seat in Ventimiglia) and restored to Rome's papal rule and Ventimiglia's diocesan authority (after three anti-bishops) in 1412; formally recognized as abolished under the Concordat of 1801. It is now in the Diocese of Nice.

Apart from a belltower of either the 11th or the 13th century, from the Lombard period of Sospel's history, the cathedral was built between 1642 and 1762, and is claimed to be the largest building in the Alpes-Maritimes[1]. The Renaissance façade is from 1642, and contains in two niches the statues of the town's protectors, Saint Hippolytus and Saint Absende. Inside, the principal feature is the altarpiece in carved wood in three panels, containing the figure of the "Immaculate Virgin of Sospel". It is by the artist François Brea, of a family of artists from Nice, from the 15th or early 16th century.
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  • While the rare tabernacle is being restored there was still some lovely art work to enjoy. Opened after 10.30 am and closes for lunch. 
    While the rare tabernacle is being restored there was still some lovely art work to enjoy. Opened after 10.30 am and closes for lunch.  more »
  • I would rate it like visiting the Vatician, I was in awe, I could not beleive we found this treasure 
    I would rate it like visiting the Vatician, I was in awe, I could not beleive we found this treasure  more »
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  • Hidden treasure there! Don’t miss the visit in the village and to walk to the cathedrale. The square outside is a pure Provençal baroque style. A real joy and so unexpected! To enjoy it fully don’t miss the baroque music festival first week holidays of July! Les BaroQuiales de Sospel ... See you there!
  • Beautiful old cathedral, largest in the Alpes Maritimes. Lovely square with chapels and restaurants.

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