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Notre Dame Cathedral in Tournai

Tournai, Belgium
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Tournai
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas, Religious Sites, Tours
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Lisbon, Portugal
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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OXFORD
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104 reviews 104 reviews
30 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Visited Tournai on a wet Saturday afternoon and the cathedral which look a splendid building is currently being restored so unfortunately we were unable to access it.

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Belgium
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Tournai's cathedral is a very lmpressive, if a little forbidding pile that bears comparison with any of the more important medieval cathedrals in Europe that I have visited. It is a witness to the importance of the town in the middle ages - when Lille was still only a much less significant village. The history of the town, particularly in... More

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Chester
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

I visited Tournai on the 13th of August 2013, specifically to see the cathedral, pictures of which had so impressed me. I was aware that the cathedral was in the midst of an extensive restoration program and that a large part of the interior would not be accessible. I did not realise quite how much of the exterior was still... More

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UK
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The Cathedral is undergoing long term renovations, and more than half of it is closed to the public. Many of the 'treasures' have been put away for safe-keeping.

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