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Notre Dame Cathedral in Tournai

Address: Tournai, Belgium
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Ranked #3 of 9 Activities in Tournai
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Sightseeing Tours, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Sightseeing Tours, Sights & Landmarks
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Currently large parts of it are under renovation after an earthquake but it is a breathtaking building and well worth a visit. Even with the renovations which will take a long time, it is an amazing site.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Though much of the interior and exterior are hidden by scaffolding and construction materials, you can tell this church is a magnificent structure. It's not worth a visit in its current state, unless you are already in the area. While there are some informational exhibits discussing the work that's being done and describing the parts of the interior that are... More 

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London UK
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144 reviews 144 reviews
92 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We visited Tournai last week whilst staying in Lille(France) for 3 nights. We took a train from Lille-Flanders station in Lille (8 euros return each) and the journey took just 20 minutes. A straight road from the station will bring you right outside this wonderful building. There are extensive renovations taking place so not all of the structure is visible,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Unfortunately we did not read the Tripadviser reviews prior to our visit to this Unesco site. Major renovation is still going on and it was very difficult to find the entrance. When we did, we entered a hallway where the sanctuary was barely visible due to the high temporary walls. Would have loved to have had a few peep holes... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Although it seemed an imposing cathedral we were bad luck because there's work going on, so now there's not mutch to see. A disillusion since it was what took us to visit Tournai.

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Hawkhurst, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This important cathedral is currently undergoing major restoration! Its wonderful to see the massive endeavours that are going on to save and restore such a wonderful monument. Visit it then come back as the huge building works progress, until the Cathedral regains its former glory and huge importance to this lovely city.

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
60 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The most fascinating point of the Cathedral is Gothic tower and interior. Unfortunately the tower and interior are covered with construction materials. You mustn't expect the scenary which is described on the guidebook. The only thing which I want you to see is the stained glass in the entrance hall. I recommend that you shuld visit after being reconstructed.

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Milan, Italy
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

The church is completely under construction, you can only enter to a temporary space inside surrounded by wallboard. I was very disappointed.

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Kent
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76 reviews 76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

lots of building work, but ignore that, worth a visit to the treasury for magnificent reliquaries and art work - such a shame someone stole the Byzantine cross, that would have been worth it on it's own - could they recreate?

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Telford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Oct 2013: the cathedral is stripped of most internal features while rebuilding continues. The excavations are partly visible and possibly interesting- unfortunately the posters were in French only. It's amazing how notices for paid attractions (eg the cathedral treasury) and "forbidden" signs can be printed in several languages, but informative signs cannot.

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