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Chartres Historic Preservation Area

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Nice village

This is a charming village. It has low buildings with very pretty roofs. They are dwarfed by the cathedral with its musical chimes every few hours. The village has narrow streets... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is a charming village. It has low buildings with very pretty roofs. They are dwarfed by the cathedral with its musical chimes every few hours. The village has narrow streets for convenient and fun walking, shopping, eating and relaxing. One does not need to spend more than half a day, unless you eat at a local restaurant.

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

It is a very well preserved town and very friendly for pedestrians. With the cathedral in the center of town you have a feeling of Holiness and beauty. The cathedral is magnificent and definitely worth a visit.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We only made a stop-over to Chartres in order to see the cathedral and break our long journey. What we didn't expect was how delightful the old part is. Definitely worth a visit.

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Astoria oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

Amazing to see what has been done in restoration of historic structures such ss this. Without compromise the old fascade are able to be filled in with all wear and tear and deep scratches and wrchings keft from weather are now being renewed restired and brightened uo. Such a refreshing change. When able to compare ages oldi cement and rock... More 

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Best seen on foot, although it is rather hilly. The tourist train is worth getting to have a running commentary

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Chartres is one of those towns that I have never visited before, but when we stopped off on the way back to the channel tunnel, I was surprised how lovely it was. The old town is absolutely delightful, and don't be tempted just to visit the cathedral - it really is worth a walk around the whole area. There are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Lovely city to just wander around with lots of timbered medieval buildings and other fantastic churches as well as the cathedral. One of the squares is a building site at one end with a new modern civic building planned. If the artists impressions are anything to go by it will be an architectural eyesore in this otherwise beautiful city on... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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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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Address: Chartres, France
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Centre  >  Loire Valley  >  Chartres

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