The former church of a 14th-century Benedictine abbey, it was converted into a cathedral in the 16th-century, with its imposing stature and cylindrical and pointed towers form the gateway to the main square. It consists of 14 chapels, all dedicated to the worship of specific saints.
The church is a good example of southern Gothic, it is the only mediaeval church in the Ecusson to have survived the wars of religion. It nevertheless suffered great damage, and was then transformed into a more ambitious building with a massive look despite its high dimensions.
When you come here, take a good look at the porch, an imposing canopy supported by huge circular piles 4.55 m in diameter which once bore the coat of arms of Urban V, a student and teacher in Montpellier, then appointed bishop before being elected pope in Avignon (1362). Inside, a major work by Sébastien Bourdon takes you into the artistic life of 17th-century Montpellier.
At the back of the building is a huge pipe organ, an instrument which dates back to the 18th-century but is still in perfect condition.
After visiting the cathédrale, we recommend you to go for a walk at Montpellier garden just nearby. This quarter is full of historical buildings and gorgeous parks. If you are a history lover, you will definitely enjoy the atmosphere of this area.