Located right next to Boramar beach, Notre Dame des Anges
(Our Lady of the Angels) is one of the most iconic symbols of Collioure.
Its bell tower was built on the base of a lighthouse
, giving it a certain charm.
The structure's unusual appearance can be attributed to its multi-stage development: it was originally a lighthouse, then the bell tower was added, before being topped with a dome in 1810.
Its architecture represents a return to the features of Southern Gothic architecture.
A bit of history...
Collioure's first church, named Saint Marie, was located in the original town.
When the town was redesigned by Vauban, the architect of Louis XIV, the Church of Notre Dame des Anges was built in response to the destruction of the former church.
The first stone was laid in 1684, and it was consecrated in 1691.