This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first UNESCO World Heritage listing of Saint-Étienne Cathedral in Bourges and it's worth celebrating!

St. Stephen's Cathedral under the spotlight

Did you know? La Saint-Etienne Cathedral in Bourges has the rare distinction of being twice inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

Twice, the international organization has thus recognized the Outstanding Universal Value of the building, that is to say, "a cultural significance so exceptional that it transcends national borders and is of the same inestimable character for present and future generations". Just that !

En 1992, the St. Stephen's Cathedral enters this prestigious list for the first time: we then salute as much the very great importance it had in the exceptional expression of Gothic architecture, as the unity of its design, the harmony of its proportions, the treatment light or the quality of its decorations. 
In 1998, since the cathedral was located on the route of the Vézelay route, the building was once again recognized as one of the 78 components of the “Road to Santiago de Compostela in France” property.
In this year 2022, we will thus celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first inscription on the World Heritage! Visits, conferences and concerts will allow you to share the exceptional nature of this monument! 

Intérieur Cathédrale de Bourges

One week anniversary

This year we will celebrate 30 years since the first UNESCO World Heritage listing
of the cathedral and the 30 years of obtaining the City of Art and History label. Two major recognitions of the exceptional heritage of the Berruyère city!
On the occasion of these two anniversaries, the Museums and Historical Heritage service of the City of Bourges offers a rich and varied program: visits, conferences or even prestigious concerts.

• Thursday May 12 at 20 am: 
Bourges Natural History Museum amphitheater
Bourges Cathedral, an extraordinary monument in its time lecture by Philippe Plagnieux (Paris I University and National School of Charters)
Bourges Natural History Museum amphitheater
• Friday May 13 at 13 p.m .:
The triumph of Gothic: the 13th century stained glass windows in the cathedral. Visit-conference by Karine Boulanger (CNRS, Center André Chastel).
Bourges Cathedral
• Friday May 13 at 21:30 p.m.:
Torchlight tour of the cathedral quarter (torches provided)
Bourges Cathedral
• Sunday May 15 at 15 p.m.:
Old and New Testament in the cathedral visit.
Bourges Cathedral
• Monday May 16 at 18 p.m .:
Saints and donors: the 15th century stained glass windows in the cathedral
Express visit
• Tuesday May 17 at 12:30 p.m.:
Around Jean Lécuyer: the 16th century stained glass windows in the cathedral. Express visit
Bourges Cathedral
• Wednesday May 18 at 12:30 p.m.:
Twilight and revival of stained glass: 17th and 19th century windows in the cathedral. Quick visit.
Bourges Cathedral
* All these appointments are free and without reservation
• Saturday May 14:
– From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: visit
– From 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.: game stands and presentation of the cathedral in Lego
– From 15 p.m. to 16 p.m.: human fresco reproduction of the World Heritage logo
Place Simone Veil and Bourges Cathedral

European Museum Nights 
From 20 p.m., the museums are open for free visit.

 Esteve Museum 
– 20:30 p.m. and 21:30 p.m.: Jazz concert in the room on the ground floor.
– 21 p.m. and 22 p.m.: Guided tours of the exhibitions: “Around the Unscrupulous: Crossed Views on Colonization”.
– Rooms on the 1st floor: Exhibition “La Classe, l'oeuvre! ". 
– In the courtyard of the museum: from 20 p.m. to midnight
A coffee-truck will offer drinks to visitors and möllky tournament (Finnish bowling)


Hotel Lallemant 
– In the upper courtyard at 20:30 p.m., 21:30 p.m. and 22:30 p.m.:
Performance by Anne Perbal who mixes dance and sculpture.
– In the former blue lounge at 22 p.m.:
Storyteller Sophie Barron takes you on a journey to the nights of the Orient, to the confines of the Middle Ages, with a selection of poems and stories exclusively intended for adult and informed audiences. 
By reservation on 02 48 57 81 46, until Friday May 13 at noon.
– In the rooms of the Hotel Lallemant:
Throughout the evening, make way for board games and come and color the map of Bourges.

From May to September

Prestigious concerts will be played in Bourges Cathedral:

  • Sunday, May 8 at 17 p.m.:
    Concert organized by the friends of the Grand Orgue of Bourges Cathedral
  • Saturday June 18 at 19:30 p.m.: concert of the International Philharmonic Choir, Unesco artists for peace (Requiem by Fauré) – paying 
    Online reservations
  • Friday, July 1 at 21 p.m.:
    Concert by O. Latry (holder of the great organs of Notre-Dame de Paris) and the choirs of Cher; concert tribute to Notre-Dame de Paris (Bach, Chailley, Litaize, Gounod, Fauré, Vierne…) – paying
  • Saturday, September 10, 20:30 p.m.:
    concert event of the Mikrokosmos choir
     – paying


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