Campaign of the Month: August 2011
Le Ballet de l'Acier
Cathédrale Notre Dame de Grenoble
Built on a site near the old Roman gate of Herculea, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Grenoble includes an attached parish church, the église Saint-Hughes, named for an early bishop of Grenoble. Construction of the cathedral and church took place over a millenium, beginning with chapels dating to the Roman era; the present cathedral traces its origins to the tenth century and the attached church to the thirteenth and fourteenth century, replacing an earlier church dedicated to Saint-Vincent. The cathedral’s massive square belltower dates to the thirteenth century.
The cathedral complex includes cloisters for the canons and a separate residence for the bishop.
Like all of the Catholic churches in Grenoble, the Cathédrale was heavily damaged during the Wars of Religion; the notorious Huguenot commander, the baron d’Adrets, destroyed all of the statuary within the cathedral, leaving bare niches which remain to the present day.
One of just three parish churchs in Grenoble, Saint-Hughes is in disrepair, neglected by the cathedral canons.