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Address: Tournai, Belgium
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Under renovation

Only a small portion of the church is open and the outside is also heavily scaffolded. It looks like quite a long term project but when it is finished it will certainly be WOW!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 25, 2015
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479 reviews
240 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Only a small portion of the church is open and the outside is also heavily scaffolded. It looks like quite a long term project but when it is finished it will certainly be WOW!

Thank stonewithnomoss
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Unfortunately dues to the storms of 99 most of the Cathedral you can't access and most is still a building site - with the hundred of large churches, cathedrals and buildings to see in the surrounding towns probably not worth making a special trip to see this one if you have limited time in the area - be lovely when... More 

Thank andrew119
As, Belgium
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58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

we entered the rear part of the cathedral (since a lot of restoration is going on). the most beautiful parts of the cathedral are blocked for restoration

Thank Rudi C
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Considered a masterpiece among cathedrals, we were pleased to see the extraordinary work being done to restore this grand cathedral, but truly disappointed that there was so little to see. Check it out online, then wait another ten years to visit!

Thank Anthony-Susan
Bridgewater, New Jersey
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83 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

World Heritage site it may be, but the current restoration of the cathedral has made it a no-go zone. The scaffolding and walkways obscure everything, the soaring gothic space and the famous windows. We took the 1-hour train from Brussels to Tournai (Doornik) and were so disappointed; nothing could be seen. Try again in two years; the work may be... More 

Thank snhandel
Sheffield, UK
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I was very disappointed as the main nave and all the stained glass were hidden behind scaffolding and enclosure. I will be back when all done - hope to live that long!!

Thank aakem
Morristown, New Jersey
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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 

Thank Nancy L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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 

Thank 351MingD
Liverpool, 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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125 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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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.

Thank Natalie M

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