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Tower of Chartres Cathedral

Cloitre Notre-Dame, 28000 Chartres, France
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Ranked #3 of 18 attractions in Chartres
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: A destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years, the Cathedral of Chartres, located on the plain of Beauce, was severely damaged by a number of... more » Owner description: A destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years, the Cathedral of Chartres, located on the plain of Beauce, was severely damaged by a number of fires. The façade and one of the spires date from the 12th century, the second spire was built in the 16th century on a 12th century base while the nave and chancel go back to the 13th century. From the top of the Jehan de Beauce tower, visitors can enjoy superb views of the surrounding country and take a close-up look at the Cathedral’s Gothic architecture. Cathedral designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 2nd May to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st September to 30th April: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed:> Sunday mornings.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups « less
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The light show (only shown during the summer) was great and not to be missed. An inspirational religious experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

It take around 15 min to get to the top with comfortable speed. The view is nice up their which I say worth the walk, do note walking up and down are through the same stairs so I would imagine it take much longer to climb up during holidays.

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Visited in April 2013, paid the extra to climb the tower which seems strange to have to pay inside a church but these historic sites don't preserve themselves. The climb up the stairs was steep and took a while but the sense of history in the walls around you and the amazing views once at the top made it worthwhile,... More

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

All that is said below. Lovely. Don't know if it was something special because our visit coincided with All Saints Day, but the bells rang about 4:45 for more than 5 minutes. Cold rainy day, so hubby and I had the place to ourselves. It was something to see those huge bells in action with my fingers stuffed in my... More

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Live Oak, Texas
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Great location away from bustling Paris. The historical significance of this cathedral is worth the visit. It is beautiful inside and out.

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Tucson AZ
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We walked the 300 plus steps to the top of the bell tower. What a view of the city and the Cathedral in ways you cannot see from below. It was well worth the calories walked off. More room for croissants.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This was something I didn't expect but I'm pleased I put in the effort. It's not just the Cathedral that you will see from a different angle but the city of Chartres and the surrounding countryside. Fabulous.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

You've made it to Chartres, so go ahead and climb the circular stairway nearly to the top of the tower. There's a resting area part-way to catch your breath. The views are magnifique. The effort is worth it for the photos of the flying buttresses you'll take.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Climbing all those steps is well worth it, the view is amazing. If you have a chance, don't miss the opportunity to contemplate the beautiful town from the tower, as well as the Cathedral, from a different perspective.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

It was a long way up and the journey to the first stage feels like it is never going to end. But once you get to the top (not quite the top but as far as they will let you go) it is all worth while. The views are spectacular. Meeting a troop of scouts on the way up and... More

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