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Tower of Chartres Cathedral

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Address: Cloitre Notre-Dame, 28000 Chartres, France
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Description: A destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years, the Cathedral of...
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
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Best Gothic cathedral in France

Visited in late May 2015. Did a walk through when we arrived and immediately noticed scaffolding in about 20% of the interior. Although that detracted from the visit somewhat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Columbus, Ohio USA
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101 reviews 101 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Visited in late May 2015. Did a walk through when we arrived and immediately noticed scaffolding in about 20% of the interior. Although that detracted from the visit somewhat, don't let it keep you from enjoying this magnificent structure. But your visit will be greatly enhanced by taking a guided tour...there is so much to see and learn about that... More 

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Norwalk, CT
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Not sure when the tower will be open to visitors again. There's currently scaffolding over a large area of the cathedral and access to the tower is closed.

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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I forgot to count the stairs, but if you're in good health this is definitely a must...great views! There was a small charge to access the stairs.

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Braunschweig, Germany
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

The views from the tower on the cathedral and the whole area are magnificent. The 300 stairs are not too hard to climb, also for kids. The first Sunday of the month the entrance was free when we visited.

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Since we studied this cathedral in college, we have wanted to visit Chartres Cathedral and our trip to this lovely villate and site did not disappoint! We spent over two hours wandering about admiring this incredible cathedral. The stained glass windows were awesome, in the fullest meaning of that over-used word. We would love to return to Chartres to spend... More 

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Gilleleje, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

It is quite narrow and a spiral stair with about 300 stairs but it is worthy! The view from both cathedral and the panoramic of the city makes it amazing. Be aware that it is very windy up there. I though it a bit expensive though... € 5,50. But the cathedral is being renovated and it looks way better now... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Take the time and the train to Chartre to see the magnificent, ancient cathedral. We were VERY fortunate to tour it with a wonderful, knowledgable 81-year old guide (Rick Steves recommended this tour guide but who knew we would really be IN the church when he was conducting a tour! This was an astounding coincidence!) He interpreted just one set... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It is well worth the €7 to climb the north tower of Chartres Cathedral. Once up there, be prepared for it to be very windy and cold, even on warm days. You are very exposed up there. The views of Chartres, you can clearly see the layout of the old town and countryside beyond. Once at the top you can... More 

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Chatham, Kent, Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Having seen inside and outside the Cathedral, it was a fun climb up the 298 steps of the Tower to see the Bells and also for the panoramic views around Chartres

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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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