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Chartres Historic Preservation Area

Chartres, France
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Ranked #3 of 20 Attractions in Chartres
Type: Neighborhoods
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Melbourne, Australia
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187 reviews 187 reviews
91 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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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30 attraction reviews
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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
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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

The architecture and layout of the village is like from the pages of history. The area around the Eure River I found very picturesque. However, word of warning, the steepness of streets is a real aerobic workout, especially going between the River area and the Cathedral. Advice: I went on the Little Chart'Train tour before walking around the village, so... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

If you want to see some of the really old buildings near the cathedral go to this area. We started off with a ride through the area on the Le Petit Chart'train which has an excellent commentary and goes through the surrounding area. It was a lovely quiet area and to see some of the old buildings was really nice.... More

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Live Oak, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

This is a quiet, beautiful, relaxing, and personable place to venture out of Paris. We spent the day taking the train from Paris to this wonderful and picturesque village. Every step brought a new perspective of small village life in France. The food was wonderful and the people were open, friendly, and warm. I highly recommend this train trip to... More

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The village is so cute and the Cathedral is magnificent. Its being restored...so you can see the restored and un-restored areas to compare and contrast. The people were so warm and friendly. Worth the 50 minute train ride from Paris.

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Austin, Texas
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88 reviews 88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

If you stop in Chartres to visit the cathedral, consider the historical town walk. You can get information from the visitor's center. Pretty river path, Interesting buildings. Gives a perspective of Chartres during the building of the cathedral.

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Melbourne, Australia
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

You'll discover, as I did, that there is more to Chartres than just a beautiful cathedral. The city is old and compact and you'll discover all manner of delightful treasures hidden away in the back streets.

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