France: Elne – Elne Cathedral

The small town of Elne is mostly famous for its spectacular cathedral – Sainte-Eulalie-et-Sainte-Julie Cathedrale. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries, it is an example of Catalonian Romanesque art, particularly renowned for its marble cloister. The columns of the cloister, known as capitals, display a variety of carved designs representing biblical figures, animals and plants. The details are truly stunning on the engravings for the age of them. The interior of the cathedral is equally impressive as are the views from its fortified walls over the surrounding landscape of the town and beyond.