There has been a church on this site for a long time: it is referred to in documents from the 8th century. The Romanesque-style cathedral built in 1130 blew up in spectacular fashion in 1209 when Béziers was sacked during the Crusades. The replacement structure is typical of “Mediterranean Gothic”: similar to the northern gothic style with its pointed arches and vaulting, but with significant influences from the Roman remains all around. It occupies a dominant position so that it looks like a castle. As well as the church itself, the cloister and bishops’ garden can be visited. The former bishops’ palace is now the Courthouse.