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Chartres Historic Preservation Area

Address: Chartres, France
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Chartres
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other

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Beirut, Lebanon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Very nice village and don't miss to visit the small stone bridges on its rivers. It is a very calm village specially in winter time . Don't forget to try " le Cochin de Chartres and pâté of Chartres" .

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Well worth a stroll around the area, with a lot of shops and restaurants after visiting the cathedral. Pedestrianised area.

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Melbourne, Australia
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1,537 reviews 1,537 reviews
1,348 attraction reviews
815 helpful votes 815 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Chartres old town is a pleasure to explore. As a day trip from Paris you can easily run out of time if you spend too long in the Cathedral. The Cathedral is the obvious place to start, but around it are a network of confusingly narrow streets. It is best to get a guide book or hop on the touristy... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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106 reviews 106 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We got a map at the tourist information center and headed out. Well, many of the streets are not marked and the streets wind in all sorts of directions. It's a lovely spot for getting lost. We eventually made it back to where we needed to be, but we aware that you'll need to pay closer attention that you might... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I saw several signs that indicated there is a walk you can follow but found the signs dried up at critical points. However it's not a huge place and with the various leaflets and pamphlets given to us by the hotel (Hotellerie Saint Yves) we found our way to most things. It is lovely, very old and felt safe.

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Palm Springs, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

yep, as in any ancient European village/town, wear comfy shoes. The shopping area is replete with shops to buy anything. Find a small café & order coffee or wine/beer & enjoy people watching. Reminder...take coins to use the toilets. There are no freebies unless you are at a restaurant.

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Melbourne, Australia
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209 reviews 209 reviews
102 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

After you have done the obligatory cathedral visit the best part of visiting Chartres, in our humble opinion, was the walk along the river to view the medieval lower town with its half-timbered houses. As it was a Monday not much was open, and there is not many restaurants open other days of the week either, however it is a... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
39 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I found Chartres a surprisingly attractive town - having checked it out on Google maps before going I was expecting it to look rather drab and uninspiring but I could not have been more wrong. Certainly some sunny weather helped as it is not the most colourful of places - many of the buildings are a grey / beige colour.... More 

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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

Walking around Chartres is delightful, with its attractive shops and restaurants. The historic area is filled with attractive houses, gardens, walls and streets. Everything one could want in a manageable, relaxed French town.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
23 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Chartres itself is a beautiful city and with the amazing evening light show, excellent shops, breath-taking cathedral, free organ concerts, excellent good value restaurants, beautiful old streets it warrants being one of the best European cities for a short break.

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