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Cathedrale St-Gatien

5 place de la Cathedrale, Tours, France
02-47-71-21-00
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Tours
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Magnificent edifice with similarities to Chartres but on a smaller scale. Hard to believe it was built so long ago. The organ is massive & there are so many beautiful stained glass windows.

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stoke on trent
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8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The cathedral is breathtaking Free admission Feel very comfortable just wandering and looking at the amazing architecture and beautiful windows .organ playing . Well worth a visit and the city is vibrant and stunning

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Melbourne, Australia
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

There are a lot of great Gothic cathedrals in France. This is one of the best. A magnificent facade with an amazing array of stained glass windows. A must see when in Tours.

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Metz, France
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189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Visit on a Sunday, when organ concerts are scheduled. We lucked out by showing up on a religious public holiday and were treated to a concert that Friday, which really added a nice bonus to visiting this beautiful Cathedral.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

There is lots to be said about cathedrals but we found the one in Tours to be quite different. There are stained glass windows by the score but look at the walls. They show the remains of the original painted walls that have other similar cathedrals have lost. Amazing and puts it a notch above the rest, a must see.

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Baghdad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I love stained glass, but often can find it a bit overwhelming when confronted with countless panels depicting individual scenes. The result is that the glass almost becomes abstract art or a profusion of colors. At Cathedrale St-Gatien in Tours, there are great "cheat sheets" in the form of annotated photos of the windows explaining the Bible stories or other... More

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Halifax
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We were strolling through tours to see the main attractions and this cathedral was a nice surprise. It is very large and old and gothic. Close to the river.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

beautiful and well-maintained building and glass windows.

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Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Why not? With cathedrals one doesn't have the feeling: seen one, seen them all. We drove past Tours and decided to make a detour to visit yet anorher cathedral. As soon as we entered, impressed by all the windows. I liked most, not all. The tomb of the children of Charles the 8, was something we had not seen before.... More

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Mezieres-en-Brenne, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The cathedral is not as large as some in France and therefore lacks the grandeur that can take the breath away. But the stained glass windows are full of colour and life. Take a pair of binoculars so that you can see the detail. The windows are well presented with large boards explaining their contents. Take time to study the... More

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