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The cathedral is built after a Latin cross. In its breadth, it has a nave, and two aisles, and two lower side-aisles including each three chapels. The nave is composed of half span where the organ is located, two full spans, a transept with a dome on top of it, a fourth span that goes from the dome to the sacristy and a semicircular apse that reaches the outer walls of the sacristy.

NefThe nave’s dimension is measuring 60 meters long a little less than 14 meters wide, punctuated by colossal Corinthian pilasters framing arcades which are home to angels sculpted by Menuet, Mesny and Dieudonné. They bear biblical emblems of the Virgin Mary, inspired after the Litanies, Ecclesiast and Cantics books. The polychrome marble altar is of 1763. It is surrounded by stalls designed by Boffrand, the main door bearing the figure of Primate Charles of Lorraine.

If the building, designed after the classic-style, shows sobriety, as carved decoration is fairly limited to pilasters, the central dome which sits at the crossing is particularly remarkable. Decorated with a mural dedicated to the Gloire céleste (Glorious Heaven), executed by an artist from Nancy, Claude Jacquart, between 1723 and 1727, the cupola is composed of 150 characters symbolizing the Old and New Testament, and the great Doctors of the Church gathered around the Holy Trinity.

Transept intTwo side chapels are decorated with metal gates by Jean Lamour, a famous skilled metalworker, with rococo-style, made between 1751 and 1755 shortly before he forged those of the Place Stanislas nearby, other chapels are closed by gates, made by his student Francis Jeanmaire in 1759.

The apse is decorated with three large paintings Nancy painter Claude Charles Nancy representing the coronation of Saint Sigisbert, and Saint Sigisbert helping the poors, canvases facing each other framing a painting representing angels flying in the clouds. In the apse also stays a large crucifix, formerly attributed to Ligier Richier.

Finally, in the chapels one can admire various paintings, including a Crucifixion attributed to Claude Deruet (in the Saint Joseph Chapel), a Sacred Heart by Jean Girardet (in the Sacred Heart Chapel), an Assumption also by Girardet (right apse Chapel) and finally an Apotheosis of Saint Sigisbert painted by Lejeune in 1776 (left apse chapel).


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