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Tower of Chartres Cathedral

Cloitre Notre-Dame, 28000 Chartres, France
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Chartres
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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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

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Columbia, Missouri
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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71 reviews 71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
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
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
33 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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