Cathedrale St-Nicolas, Fribourg

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Fribourg, built in the Gothic style, dominates the center of the medieval town of Fribourg (Switzerland). It is built on a rocky outcrop 50 metres above the river Sarine (Saane).
The main body of the church was started in 1283 and completed by 1430. The tower was completed in 1490. It is 76 metres tall and houses 11 bells. It also features a rose window above the main portal with stained glass by Harrison Weltlich (1988). The stained-glass windows, created by the Polish painter Jozef Mehoffer between 1896 and 1936, constitute one of the most important collection of religious Art Nouveau stained-glass windows.
Originally a parish church, in 1945 it became the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg.
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  • Beautiful view!! Worth climbing the steps! Many steps! 16 fr. per family. You can see all important points of the city.  more »
  • Definitely worth a look, especially if you are following the tourist office's walking tour of the city. Look out for an expansively decorated font and the martyrs' stained glass window.  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral. Also inside it's great. Climb the 365 steps (!) to get to the top of the tower for beautiful views all around
  • Very beautiful cathedral, nice painting inside, and really cool view from the tower (you have to pay 4CHF)
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