Bourges is one of our favourite cities in France. It looks back on a long history and Julius Caesar himself deemed it one of the most beautiful cities in Gaul. This has not changed. The town has a refined air while remaining unpretentious. It has nice timber-framed town-houses and many Renaissance mansions and it is a pleasure to wander through its streets. Life here feels simple, calm and peaceful.
The cathedral is of course the main draw. Built in the 12th and 13th centuries it has five sculptured doorways and two asymmetrical towers. Its interior contains stained-glass windows of the 12th and 13th centuries that are of exceptional beauty.
But there is much to do beside visiting the cathedral: many of the Renaissance palaces have been converted into museums, the centre of town is lively and pleasant, and one should not miss a stroll in the marshes next to the city centre: an area watered by the rivers Oiselle and Yêvre which has been transformed into private gardens.
While researching the cathedral, I came across this website, unfortunately only in French but very informative. You might also want to check this one also in French detailing the stained-glass windows.
$updated from: Cathedral Cities.htxt Sun 13 Dec 2020 16:00:13 trvl2 (By Vero and Thomas Lauer)$