The Notre-Dame Cathedral of Saint-Omer, in the Pas-de-Calais, was built from the 13th to the 16th century. Listed as a Historical Monument since 1840, it is considered a perfectly preserved example of the Gothic style of the region.
Always surrounded by its original enclosure, it has on the architectural level a bedside reminiscent of Romanesque models, but the rest of the elements (radiant chapels, side chapels, tower porch) are however faithful to the canons of Gothic.
This magnificent building is however equally famous for the richness of its furniture and the works of art that it shelters.
The most singular is a 1558 astronomical clock unique in France.
In addition to the original decorations and the materials used (marble chapel, 13th century paving stones, cabinetry elements), an 18th century organ case is also listed.
On the artistic level, it is a painting of Rubens representing the descent of the Cross which constitutes the most remarkable work, but bas-reliefs or high-reliefs are also to be admired, not to mention the triptych of the Great God of Thérouanne (XIII), a limestone sculpture depicting the Christ between the Virgin and Saint John.
Open all year. Free visit or with audio guides available at the Tourist Office. Guided tour (coupled with the discovery of the city center): from 3.50 and 5.50 euros. Information on +33 3 21 98 08 51.