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Cathedrale St-Gatien

5 place de la Cathedrale, Tours, France
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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Tours
Type: Religious Sites
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Phnom Penh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

A must-see in Tours even if you are "over" churches and cathedrals. The architecture, history and great stained glass windows make this an imposing place

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Somerset, New Jersey
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

A breathtaking cathedral! The stained-glass windows are inspiring and the overall steucture is designed to allow the maximum amount of light into the cathedral. The cathedral is free to enter, but I suggest paying the few euro fee to review the cloiter section. Also, do some research first about the Pilgrim Trail, as the catherdral is part of it (you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This is worth visiting to see all the stained glass. So many stories are depicted in all the glass windows, you need to read the explanation boards. Leave yourself plenty of time if you want to study all these. Otherwise, just gaze at the detail. There are some new pieces too.

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Arlington, VA
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18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Beautiful cathedral. I took the guided tour which was in French. She spoke much too fast for me to understand, but for those who enjoy this type of thing, the guide went into great details about the stained glass windows and their meanings. I am really not sure if they were gargoyles or grotesques, but that was my favorite part.

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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Historic monument of France since 1862.The façade impresses the visitor from the first moment. Very tall building with interesting details in Gothic style. A Renaissance dome tops the 15th c. north tower. The nave boasts two rows of wonderful stained glass windows. The old Organ was donated by the Archibishop Martin de Baune and built by Barnabé Delanoie during 16th... More

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Caen, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

We attended Sunday mass at St Gatien during advent. The mass was very crowded and had great participation. Since it was December, there were heat lamps to warm the congregation during mass. Beautiful inside and great history.

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Tours, France
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This cathedral is exceptionally well restored and imposing. Don't miss the newly installed contemporary stained glass (as well as the 'old')

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We didn't find the cathedral itself particularly memorable compared to others, although part of the (chargeable) visit to the cloister was interesting, but the stained glass windows in the cathedral were magnificent and I thought they rivalled Chartres (to which we had paid our latest visit a fortnight earlier). I should add that the cathedral as a whole in Chartres... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Beautiful and majestic, unfortunately during our visit part of the cathedral was under repair so our visit was punctuated by the noise of the hammers and voices of the workers.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The Cathedral is very very tall and beautiful. The old town of Tours is very picturesque and representative of the Loire Valley. Very nice.

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