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Fribourg Cathedral

Fribourg Cathedral (French: Cathédrale Saint-Nicolas de Fribourg) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Fribourg, Switzerland, built in the Gothic style, on a rocky outcrop 50 metres above the river Sarine (Saane), dominating the medieval town below. It is the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg.

Fribourg Cathedral
Cathedral of St Nicholas, Fribourg
Cathédrale St-Nicolas
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46°48′22″N 7°9′47″E / 46.80611°N 7.16306°E / 46.80611; 7.16306Coordinates: 46°48′22″N 7°9′47″E / 46.80611°N 7.16306°E / 46.80611; 7.16306
LocationFribourg
CountrySwitzerland
DenominationRoman Catholic
WebsiteWebsite
History
StatusActive
Founded1283
Architecture
Functional statusParish church
Cathedral (since 1945)
StyleGothic architecture
Completed1490
Administration
DioceseLausanne, Geneva and Fribourg
Clergy
Bishop(s)Charles Morerod

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The main body of the church was started in 1283 and completed by 1430. The tower was completed in 1490. It is 76 metres tall and houses 11 bells. It also features a rose window above the main portal with stained glass by Harrison Weltlich (1988). The stained-glass windows, designed by the Polish painter Jozef Mehoffer and made by local craftsmen Kirsch & Fleckner between 1896 and 1936, constitute one of the most important collections of religious Art Nouveau stained-glass windows.[citation needed]

Originally a parish church, in 1945 it became the cathedral of the Diocese of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg.

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