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Cathedrale St-Gatien

5 place de la Cathedrale, Tours, France
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Tours
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Mezieres-en-Brenne, France
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

When visiting Tours, we always make time to visit Cathedrale St-Gatien. The building is stunning inside and out. It is a must see so put it on your list now.

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Wexford, Ireland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a most beautiful building, well worth a visit. beautiful Architecture take the time to appreciate this building.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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182 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is the Roman Catholic cathedral of the Tours diocese, built between 1170 and 1547. It is one of the most imposing cathedrals I have seen in France -- the facade is particularly intricate and attractive and best admired from the little square opposite the cathedral. Inside the soaring triple-naved church are some very fine stained glass windows which brighten... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Expecially the windows are beautiful. Furthermore, go there when you pass by. Not a cathedral to visit Tours for.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This was very close to the hotel (du Cygne), and the spires looked very impressive from there. The cathedral looked beautiful, neat and clean, with a large number of nice stained glass windows. Definitely worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The soaring arches of the nave are thrilling.The glass is good. I also liked the west frontage and the impressive organ. Fortunately there is a little chained off square opposite so you can stand back and really see the front and the towers.

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Manhattan Beach, CA
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

The interior is massive and installed on every wall are huge stained glass windows installed in the 15th century. Original paintings several 100 years old line the walls. In the middle of church is the intricately carved tomb of the young children of Charles VIII who died at very early ages. Visiting the church during services is not allowed.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Such a beautiful church. The stained glass windows are absolutely gorgeous. Charles VIII's two children are buried here. There were beautiful paintings from the 15th century. If you are visiting the old town in Tours this cathedral is definitely worth a visit.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

After seeing so many cathedrals over the last couple of weeks throughout France, this was just a quick visit. The highlight was the stained glass windows with English explanations! The organs were also a nice sight.

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