This building should not be missed, especially for the sumptuous tomb, in the apse, sculpted by David D'Angers, in which Fenelon - Cambrai's Swan - rests. Fenelon was first French Archbishop and nominated by Louis XIV.
The church and the guesthouse, which has been housing the post office since 1911, belonged to the Saint-Sépulcre abbey, founded in the 11th century.
From 1696 to 1702, during Fenelon’s time, the ensemble was rebuilt in the classic style advocated by Louis XIV and is especially homogeneous.
The sober appearance of the decoration clashes with the Baroque façade of the Jesuits chapel, accross the street.
In 1804, the Saint-Sépulcre church was named as Cathedral by bishop Louis Belmas, after the destruction of the Gothic cathedral during the French revolution.
Destroyed by fire in 1859, it was restored by architect Henri de Baralle who added the steeple.
Among the works of art housed in the church, you may admire the trompe-l’oeil paintings made in 1745 by Martin Gheeraerts from Antwerp, which were inspired by Ruben's great works, as well as the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Our-Lady-of-Grace) icon, ceded to Cambrai in 1492. The icon is placed in a reliquary representing the former cathedral porch tower.
The Statue of Notre Dame, at the top of the steeple, has been recently restaured and gilded.
At the entrance, a small flyer is available in english and will give you more details.
Open from Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 6pm. Closed on Sundays except during July and August (relying on volunteers)