Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux
Often overshadowed by cathedrals like Reims and Notre Dame de Paris, the Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux achieved a page in history as a stop along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, as well as the site of the royal marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Louis VII. Dating back to the 11th century, the Gothic structure has an important collection of liturgical art (paintings, vestments and sculptures) on display in the old sacristy. The freestanding bell tower has sweeping views from the top.
By Lisa Cheng