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Cathedrale St-Gatien

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Address: 5 place de la Cathedrale, Tours, France
Phone Number: 02-47-71-21-00
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Not our favourite cathedral, but well worth a (brief) visit. Something rather too businesslike about it, rather than godliness.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tony B
Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Saint-Gatien Cathedral in Tours is not to be missed. It is one of the most beautiful cathedrals we have seen. It has an amazing array of stained glass windows, which are quite impressive. If you are heading to Tours, do not miss this cathedral.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

You'll see the steeples / towers long before you are in town to be able to visit the cathedral. Neat gothic structure with memorable history back to Joan of Arc & before. Special stained glass windows, with nice educational cards in English surround you. Flying buttresses outside are memorable. You'll definitely enjoy a visit ...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

France has many beautiful cathedrals and this is one of the best that I have seen. Wonderful mix of styles added over the years, so much detail and kaleidoscopic stained glass. If you enjoy seeing it during the day try to return at nightfall when it's illuminated. Impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

This Cathedral in Tours is not to be missed, it is easily accessed and the windows are magnificent. There are great explanation boards in English about the windows and the stories they tell. The exterior is beautiful and a must see. When travelling into Tours this is an easily identifiable landmark due to the visually commanding steeples.

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