Cathedral of the Holy Savior (Saint Saveur)
The Cathedral of Saint Saveur has a truly interesting history. It was built on the site of a former Roman forum and an adjacent basilica, and contains a mixture of many styles from the 5th to the 17th century. See three different styles on its façade: Roman, since it includes a fragment of a Roman wall, Romanesque and Gothic. The highlight of the interior is an ancient octagonal baptistery, most likely from the 6th century, where early Christians were baptized by immersion just before Easter. The Triptyque du Buisson Ardent (Burning Bush Triptych) was commissioned by King Rene in the 15th century and is a valuable work of art but is not always open for viewing. A green and gold organ on the left in the center nave, facing the altar, has an identical false organ built across from it, for symmetry, and hides a small loge, for nobles who wanted to hear mass privately. The Cathedral may appear dark, but it was built with fewer windows than a northern Gothic cathedral, in order to prevent overheating of the interior.