Fribourg Cathedral: Detail, bell tower and polygonal choir rising above shops in nearby square



Built on a rocky outcrop 50 metres above the river Sarine (Saane). In 1924 the former parish church became a cathedral. Built in four campaigns between 1283 and 1490. It is a High Gothic pillared basilica with a façade tower (h. 76 m). Its choir, originally rectangular, was rebuilt in polygonal form (1627-1631). The main portal is surmounted by a tympanum depicting the Last Judgement, framed by archivolts with angels, Prophets and Patriarchs. The cathedral has a unique collection of Jugendstil stained-glass windows (1895-1934) by Józef Mehoffer.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Saint Nicholas Cathedral

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Cathedrals

  • Architecture

  • Bell towers

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Gothic (Medieval)

Place of Creation
  • Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

  • +46.806111+7.163056

  • Fribourg

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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