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Chartres Historic Preservation Area

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Charming and beautiful historic town

Chartres is a beautiful old town with a great historic preserved old town and well worth walking and exploring. You almost feel transported walking down narrow stone streets... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
San Francisco, California, United States
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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Chartres is a beautiful old town with a great historic preserved old town and well worth walking and exploring. You almost feel transported walking down narrow stone streets. Well worth a visit and bring your walking shoes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chartres is a very beautiful French town with a charming river walk. Easy access to parking with a nice old city charm.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Almost more fascinating than the Cathedral itself. A delight to go wandering around the town and along the riverside, learning about the watermills, the trades and how it survived through the ages.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The walk from the Cathedral to the historic district and back is well worth the time. Be adventurous and take a few walks up side streets and along the other river channel. There are some views and sites not in the guidebooks that are worth seeing.

Thank XavZen
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The core area has been nicely preserved and there are relatively few cars. Each building has its own charm, the walk down and along the river is easy and delightful. There are many restaurants, {we enjoyed Esprit Gourmand near the cathedral (not the other gourmand) } and surprisingly few souvenir shops.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Cities were often founded along rivers and this is the case in Chartres also. The central area around the Cathedral is well preserved in the old style, but the real old Chartres is down the hill beside the river. The walk is pleasant but a bit steep & you are walking on slippery cobblestones all the way. A better bet... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

My wife and I were charmed by the old town of Chartres, its architecture, and it's views. It was a perfect complement to touring the cathedral. Take your time and explore the smaller streets, especially near the waterways that cut through the old town.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This is a must see when in Chartres. You can take "le petit Train" for a minimal fee right in front of the cathedral and it will take you through the historic areas of Chartres. I am not only a travel agent, but I grew up here and go back often and it's beauty, charm and history still amaze me.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We normally find that even large French cities can be boring few attractions and shops that don't inspire Chartres we found to be interesting and the shops to be well worth investigating. After all it has a number of markets, vegetable, flower and on the outskirts we found a general market And then one of the best illumination spectacles we... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

The ancient city of Chartres is worth discovering all year around during the day, but also most especially at night from mid-April to mid-October with 26 different sites of the old city being illuminated from nightfall to 1:00 am. Some have simple images projected on façades, others looped animations lasting several minutes. The main show is projected on the front... More 

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