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Tower of Chartres Cathedral

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Address: Cloitre Notre-Dame, 28000 Chartres, France
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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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Five euros fifty doesn't buy the pleasure of 301 steps up a narrow spiral staircase, but the incredible view at the top which (rarely) induced a touch if vertigo in me. Expect a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Five euros fifty doesn't buy the pleasure of 301 steps up a narrow spiral staircase, but the incredible view at the top which (rarely) induced a touch if vertigo in me. Expect a bit of jostling on busy days...

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

5:50 euro to visit it's well worth it for the magnificent views of Chartres. It's a long set of stairs and gets narrower at the top, there are stopping points which it's worth talking the rest. Bear in mind you'll encounter people coming down owns up as you ascend and descend it's quite tight.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We climbed the 301 steps to the top of the tower (it's the left, fancier looking one in the photo!) Whilst we climbed we could see (and hear!!!) the bells ringing...the seven bells are are all that tower...quite exciting! Great views of the surrounding area from the top...we were told you can see the cathedral from 30km away...I can see... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Despite renovations.. this is a worthwhile visit. Be sure to attend guided tours by Malcolm Miller, who has been giving tours for decades!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

If you're like me, you enjoy the view from the top, across the city. If you manage to walk the many steps in a close circle up to the North tower, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the view, the breeze and the birds you'll find there.

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Columbus, Ohio USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
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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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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