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Chartres Historic Preservation Area

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Address: Chartres, France
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Chartres from its Riverbanks

I'm not certain just how much of Chartres is covered by the "historic preservation area" but part of it has got to be the lower town, especially that along the river. The lower... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Greenville, South Carolina
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Greenville, South Carolina
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265 reviews 265 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I'm not certain just how much of Chartres is covered by the "historic preservation area" but part of it has got to be the lower town, especially that along the river. The lower town, by the way, is a good bit lower, as you'll fine when you're climbing your way up to the area adjacent to the cathedral. I started... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Such a special place to visit, the old town is contained and easy to walk around. There's a section uphill around the cathedral and a section down near the stream; both are worth wandering around. We found all shopkeepers to be friendly and welcoming of our poor attempts to speak French. The nightly illuminations - Chartres en Lumiere (April to... More 

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Keller, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Chartres is our favorite small city. The preservation zone is remarkable. We could have stayed a few days, just to enjoy the area.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

As an American, I don't often get to see pre-modern cities. I love the European old towns and this is a nice one with a river and a park on the hill and windy streets. It's worth taking the time to walk around after you've seen the cathedral and think of what the people who lived there then would have... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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