Montpellier Cathedral is also known as the Cathédrale St-Pierre. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral which is located in the heart of the Montpellier city. It was once damaged during the Wars of Religion between the Catholics and Protestant so it was then rebuilt in the 17th century. The Montpellier Cathedral looks like a fortress at first glance due to its turrets and towers and has an amazing look from the outside making it one of the top tourists destinations in Montpellier.
See what the Montpellier Cathedral has to offer you
1. Musée Atger
Musée Atger is a museum with a collection of drawings collected by Xaviar Atger who gave it to the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier and now is open to the public for free. There are variety of paintings, such as Flemish, Dutch, German, French, and also Italian paintings which dated from the Renaissance era to the 19th century.
2. Museum and Conservatory of Anatomy
Museum and Conservatory of Anatomy is located near Montpellier Cathedral and is inside the Montpellier's faculty of medicine. There are many anatomical parts and waxes that are used for education of the student of Montpellier Faculty of Medicine students. It includes the pathological anatomy parts, the dissections of body parts cancer wax models, skeletons, surgical instruments used, and many more. You can visit the museum and conservatory as it is open to public and has been considered as a historical monument.
3. Porte du Peyrou
Porte du Peyrou is located at the eastern part of Jardin de Peyrou and is in the city center, right behind the Promenade du Peyrou. There are reliefs on this Arch de Triumphe of Montpellier and shows the four major events from the reign of Louis XIV. The Porte de Peyrou is approximately 15 meters high. This place is an iconic place in Montpellier so make sure you come to Porte du Peyrou and take pictures of the Arc de Triomphe of Montpelllier.
How to Get Tickets?
There are no tickets needed to enter Montpellier Cathedral so you can enter the cathedral for free but donations for the cathedral are welcome to help the maintenance of Montpellier Cathedral.
How To Get Around?
You can get around the Montpellier Cathedral and its surrounding area by walking on foot as thre are shops and restaurants around the cathedral you can see and visit. The directions are well written and if you're not sure, you can always ask the locals to help you point the direction.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
'Best time to visit the Montpellier Cathedral is around 9.30am to 10am so you can avoid the crowd as it gets crowded at noon and in the evening.
Will I Need a Guide?
'You can just go around the Montpellier Cathedral and its area on your own but if you want to know more of the history of the cathedral and learn about it, if you come during the summer, the tourist office in Montpellier provides guided tours for visitors.
How To Get There?
You can get to Montpellier Cathedral by car, taxi or public transportation. The nearest station to the Montpellier Cathedral is the Saint-Roch train station so you should stop at this station if you opt to use the train and then continue walking to the Montpellier Cathedral.
The Montpellier Cathedral opens from 9.30am until noon and opens again from 2.30pm to 6.30pm. Make sure you don't come to the Montpellier Cathedral during the lunch break because the cathedral closes at that time.