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Tower of Chartres Cathedral

Cloitre Notre-Dame, 28000 Chartres, France
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Ranked #2 of 15 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I already mentioned this in my review about the Cathedrale. It should be an integral part of your Cathedrale visit. It's a must. The crypt, however, has very little to offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The climb up the tour is quite an aerobic workout, but worth it for the views of the upper parts of the Cathedral and of the town. Beautiful. Well worth doing

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We liked the tour of the crypts, although it's only in French. A real shame as the leaflet you are given doesn't give as much details as the talk. Currently being restored, so don't expect to see pristine cathedral inside, just enjoy what you can.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The excitement of climbing up the narrow medieval stairs. Remarkable up/close view of the architecture and its decoration. Fantastic view of this charming town.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It costs about 7.50 euros to go up and it is along way to the top but well worth the effort. The views on a good day are extensive and you can not only view the roof and gargoyles but the old town, across to the station and out o the fields surrounding the town. The tower does not open... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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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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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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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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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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