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Chartres Historic Preservation Area

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Charming Town Surrounds the Cathedral

Great to be there on a relatively quiet day. Very photogenic houses and streets. It reminded me a bit of Bruges down by the river. A little history: the old city gate/wall... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great to be there on a relatively quiet day. Very photogenic houses and streets. It reminded me a bit of Bruges down by the river. A little history: the old city gate/wall destroyed in WWII - area now being restored. Good family activity.

Thank Roscoplace
Webster, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Besides the primary cathedral at Chartes, there are three other beautiful cathedrals of varying age to see. Be sure to find the boarded houses, and the sluice gates of the old leatherworker that channel into the L'Eure. Walk down the long stairway and explore the lower town, marveling at the cathedral mount rising in the near distance.

Thank UnclTrvlngMatt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

If you an handle stairs, very walkable and worth seeing - lots of C13th and C14th buildings and winding, narrow alley ways.

Thank Annie-Edward
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We took the train from Paris which is only a one hour ride to Chartres. We went for the Cathedral...which is magnificent and decided to take a walk around the Cathedral which led us down a path to the most beautiful scenes of this little town. The walk was alongside a small river with homes and quaint restaurants on either... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Having been here with my parent pre teenage years I remembered I should revisit but couldn't remember why - it's a must, beautiful, historic ancient city.

Thank MsCUK
San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

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.

Thank AshishGuptasfo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

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

Thank Joyce P
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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 via mobile

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.

Thank cararro

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