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Cloister of la Psalette

Nr. A 10, 37000 Tours, France
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Ranked #13 of 18 attractions in Tours
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: The Cloître de la Psalette, which means choir cloister, was given this name as one of its rooms was used for practising religious chant in the Middle... more » Owner description: The Cloître de la Psalette, which means choir cloister, was given this name as one of its rooms was used for practising religious chant in the Middle Ages. The architecture of the cloister which adjoins to the Cathedral of Tours is made up of three galleries built partly in the Flamboyant style and partly in the Renaissance style, of the scriptorium, the old bookshop and of the Renaissance staircase. Open:> 8th September to 31st March: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.> 1st April to 3rd May: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.> 4th May to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission 15 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st October to 31st March: Monday and Tuesday.> Sunday morning.> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 3 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 2,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups « less
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
40 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

After seeing the beautiful led light and architecture of the cathedral we were disappointed. The staircase that people are raving about wasn't anything spectacular. There was really nothing to see. Save your euros for a beer at lunch.

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Portland, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

If you are already visiting the cathedral in Tours, for only three Euros you get to see the most fabulous staircase. The other ornate architectural details are also lovely. Upstairs there is a room with lovely column capitals. The capitals are about five feet off the ground so you can see the carvings in great detail. An easy addition to... More

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The Potteries
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76 reviews 76 reviews
12 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

It's well worth making a detour to see the 16th century open staircase, the delightful stone carvings and the gargoyles. There's a Balzac connection, too

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London UK
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

This cloister which is accessed from the St Gatien Cathedral is worth the payment of a small entrance fee. Although small in size it provides some interesting views of the Cathedral itself and a wonderful spiral staircase tower which leads up to a Scriptorum and Library. The latter has modern stained glass from the 1960s which is impressive though stands... More

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