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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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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!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 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 

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Sheffield, UK
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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!!

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Morristown, New Jersey
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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 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Tournai, Belgium
Location: Europe  >  Belgium  >  Wallonia  >  Hainaut Province  >  Tournai

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