The Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, has decided to classify the chapel of Saint-Jacques de Bordeaux (Gironde) as historical monuments by decree in the Council of State.

The City of Bordeaux and a heritage association have alerted the services of the Ministry of Culture to the alarming state of conservation of the building, whose choir vault collapsed in the 2000s.

Considering the great historical and architectural interest as well as the health of the Saint-Jacques de Bordeaux chapel, the National Commission of Heritage and Architecture, meeting on 28 January 2021, has unanimously voted in favour of its classification as a historic monument, if necessary automatically. Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, the current owner of the building, having not given its approval to the classification and allowing the building to continue to deteriorate in a worrying way, has decided, by means of this automatic classification procedure, to give this exceptional built complex the protection and future it deserves.

This chapel has exceptional proportions for the region, with a single nave with eight bays more than 30 m long and 10 m wide. Its presence in the urban network of the city is however difficult to detect since its facade on street is masked by a neoclassical building, also concerned by the classification as historical monuments.

Last vestige of the Saint-Jacques Priory Hospital, founded in XIIe The chapel of Santiago de Compostela is one of the few examples of Bordeaux’s medieval past. More broadly, it illustrates the history of welcoming pilgrims and indigents throughout the Old Regime. Transformed in the Revolution into a concert hall (Théâtre Molière), she rediscovered a religious vocation in the 19th centurye century then passes into private hands.

This classification measure guarantees the preservation of the integrity of this monument and should make it possible to undertake, with the help of the State, the necessary restoration work.