Cathédrale en pierre de lave © Alexander Fischer

Agde Cathedral, made from volcanic rock

The 'perle noire' of l'Hérault

Built from volcanic rock, the ancient Greek town of Agde was nick named the “black pearl” of the Herault. The town has preserved a rich archaeological heritage. However, the most symbolic monument of the city dates back to the 9th century. The construction of the cathedral Saint-Etienne was started in 872, then it was reinforced at the end of the 12th century. This Roman building of stone, built from lava stone, to which it owes its colour, shares the architectural features of a church and a medieval fortress.

The interior of the cathedral has been through numerous changes particularly during the 15th and 17th centuries. The stained glass windows were one of the last additions and were fitted in 1870.