Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur et Saint-Sacerdos

Architecture & Buildings

Europe, France, Dordogne

Sarlat Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat) is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and national monument of France, situated in Sarlat-la-Canéda. The Diocese of Sarlat was created in 1317 with a number of others in the region in the aftermath of the suppression of the Albigensians. The new bishop of Sarlat was the abbot of the ancient Sarlat Abbey, the church of which became the cathedral. Rebuilding was not completed until the 1680s. (The belfry dates from the 9th century). The diocese was abolished under the Concordat of 1801 and its territory was transferred to the Diocese of Périgueux. The dedication refers to Saint Sacerdos rather than to the Latin term sacerdos ("priest"). There are two French saints called Sacerdos, but the cathedral refers to Sacerdos of Limoges, whose relics it received during the Middle Ages.