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Tower of Chartres Cathedral

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Address: Cloitre Notre-Dame, 28000, Chartres, France
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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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Well, if you're in Paris, and you've seen the Eiffel Tower, the Arch de Triumph, and you're leaving the Louvre, this is a short walk down the Seine. The lines for entry can be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
UnclTrvlngMatt
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Webster, Texas

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Webster, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, if you're in Paris, and you've seen the Eiffel Tower, the Arch de Triumph, and you're leaving the Louvre, this is a short walk down the Seine. The lines for entry can be long, but the gardens behind the cathedral are peaceful for an afternoon sit and a snack. The cathedral itself is a marvel of architecture! Be sure... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

The cost was about 7€. There were 300 steps up the tower to the top. There is just the 1 staircase. So people walking in both directions use the same stairs. The first 100 or so steps are very steep. There us a rope to hold on to (sort of) unless someone else is holding that section. After the rope... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

400 steps in a tight spiral in mostly window less tower..so not for the faint hearted..But the views from the top are worth it and more..Plus there are no teeming crowds on top like Paris..which makes it more than worth the effort

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

By same partner that said Arc de Triomphe was a cinch to ascend, climbing the steep, narrow and uncomfortably windy staircase to the top of the cathedral's gothic tower is not for the light hearted. He admitted upon returning to Earth that once on top, crumbly stone and frail ironwork doesn't quite make up for the view. Not saying the... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

An amazing walk up to the top of the NW tower as are the views of both the surrounding area and the Cathedral. Take time to look at all of the details in the tower and Cathedral construction. The 600+ steps are narrow with a rope banister. If you you do not like tight spaces or heights, this is not... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

If you're young, adventurous, curious or a walker, this is for you if not - give it a Pass as those 300+,steps are a bit trying. Worth the view from up top, but then you've got all those steps back down. Stairs are not too narrow as the traffic is 2 way, but it does get congested and stuffy. Handrails... More 

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Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

A very beautiful cathedrale, a MUST, a visit to the Clocher for a view of Chartres is also recommended. Good time to visit is also between April and End of September in combination with Chartres en Lumieres (lights show, Fantastic !!)

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The most beautiful Cathedral! Notre Dame of Chartres is one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in the world. It is currently under renovation but some areas are still accessible and worth seeing. The renovation is an incredible one, restoring the original colors, the stone and floors. Once finished the Cathedral will be close to its original state. At Night, Chartres... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

If you want to step out of Paris for a day , this is a great place to go. I admit to being solely interested in the church so I did not see much of the town. The cathedral is medievil and it is glorious. The architecture, sculpture and stained glass windows are wondrous. The audio guide is one of... More 

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Salisbury Wiltshire
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Light show on cathedral at night was such a surprise and amazing! Starting at 9pm in June- not sure if it continues during the winter

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