Former Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Cathedral (IX-XIII century) demolished by Protestants and rebuilt in the XVII century.
Guided visit possible with the guided tour of the town of Die.
The Cathedral, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is largely XII century. The present sacristy is however a XI century relic from a former structure.
The porch of the bell tower has carved capitals representing the age-old struggle between good and evil.
The single nave was rebuilt in the XVII century, and the furniture is of the same era. Note the very fine carved walnut pulpit.
Leave by the main door and go straight on through the porch towards the Place du Marché. In the XIX century there was a wooden market hall here which backed onto the water spouts and trough. (Today the market is held mainly on the Place de la République next to the cathedral.)
The main door has a badly damaged XII century tympanum over it, with a subject somewhat rare for the period - Christ crucified surrounded by Mary, St John, two Roman soldiers and the symbols of the four apostles. It might be a sign of protest against Pierre de Bruis and secret Vaud preachers heresy. With its mutilations, the tympanum also remembers destructions of religious buildings with the Reformation establishment.
Its wall dressed stones and buttresses were ripped out, causing the vaults collapse.
Open year-round, daily.
- Guided individual tours
- Guided group tours
- Unguided individual tours