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Address: Tournai, Belgium
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The only Belgian town that was owned by the English!

İt was my first visit to Tournai or indeed to Belgium,had a lovely 5 day stay with friends from Tournai itself.On first impressions what a lovely town full of character & olde... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Morristown, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Disappointing at first glance because the most spectacular bits (transept and Gothic choir) are behind scaffolding. But a closer look is richly rewarded. Don't miss if you're an architecture/art history fan! Inside and outside restoration of the astoundingly huge and elaborate (for 12th c.) Romanesque nave is largely complete and the floor one side of the nave is open, giving... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

You can tell from the facade and with some imagination that this would truly be one of the greats to visit. However so much of it is covered with scaffolding and construction materials that it's really not worth the visit. In fact despite having what at least 2 UNESCO sites, the other being the belfry, the town had a somewhat... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

İt was my first visit to Tournai or indeed to Belgium,had a lovely 5 day stay with friends from Tournai itself.On first impressions what a lovely town full of character & olde world charm, the square is full of cafes,bistro's & restaurants.would imagine it would be even nicer during the summer months sitting outside al fresco. Due to the massive... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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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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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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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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