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Cathedrale St-Gatien

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Address: 5 place de la Cathedrale, Tours, France
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Lovely cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows

Best time to view this cathedral is in the late afternoon when the sun provides a 'golden hue' on the stone structure as well as through the beautiful stained glass windows... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2016
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Karratha, Australia
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Karratha, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Best time to view this cathedral is in the late afternoon when the sun provides a 'golden hue' on the stone structure as well as through the beautiful stained glass windows. Entry is free and well worth a wander around.

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Boulder Creek, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Yet another beautiful Cathedral in France! The cloister next door is also nice, though I think it usually costs. (I was there during heritage days, in September so, it was free. Beautiful flying buttresses. If you can, be sure to visit late afternoon before sunset. The full sunlight on the facade is spectacular.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Awesome stained glasses, all over the cathedral. Easily accessible. Free entry. A famous pauinting of St Martin and its relics are exhibited.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

this is one of the starting points for the Santiago de Compostela and there is a secret thrill in spotting a pilgrim with the walking stick and scallop shell on his knapsack. The crypt is a very humbling place full of hope

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

I was in Tours mainly for the visits to Loire Valley chateaus. Lonely Planet was probably over-enthusiastic about the cathedral. It was nice but not great. The garden next to it with the big cedar tree and flower gardens was probably a better attraction. It is located close to the Chateau of Tours (now an exhibition centre), the river bank... More 

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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Not our favourite cathedral, but well worth a (brief) visit. Something rather too businesslike about it, rather than godliness.

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Porto Alegre, RS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

This cathedral is an excellent example of gothic architecture in France! Of course, there are a lot of gothic cathedral in France, but this one, you can, go see it! It is beautiful!

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Los Alamitos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We went in Oct. Very impressive especially when it's cloudy so you get the best pics from any view. The rain made it more impressive.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

We visited a number of Cathedrals around the Loire and most look very similar. It demomstrates the race to build the biggest and nicest cathedral in the region to underline power and the importance of the main cities in the region. Tours was no doubt one of the more important places judging by its Cathedral.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

The outlook of the cathedral is typical gothis style and full of decorative sculptures. However, the most outstanding feature is the stained glasses all over the walls from the bottom to the top including the rose window in the front and back sides. Those who like gorgeous decoration with gold might be disappointed, but those who like simpler gothic style... More 

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