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Beauvais Cathedral

Rue Saint Pierre, Beauvais, France
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Beauvais
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Fishers, Indiana
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This cathedral transforms itself at night. It becomes a canvas for a wonderful light show. We were mesmerized. We toured the church the next morning and it was breathtaking inside as well.

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california
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24 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We were in Beauvais to go to the nice Saturday market and had time to see the huge St. Peter cathedral. Even after seeing many of Europe's famed churches this one was impressive. The interior felt authentic and intimate for its size, perhaps because it wasn't packed with tourists (except us). Walking around the outside also showed us the ancient... More

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Athlone, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Enjoyed a 30 minutes light and music show at the Cathedral that happens on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

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Enkhuizen, The Netherlands
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96 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

How lovely to be in Picardy. So many beautiful places. We are trying to see all the cathedrals, this time :Beauvais. It is a stunning building. One can understand what the architect wanted. You can see what he tried. And at the same time you undergo the massive mistake. (What goes up, must come down) A disaster is being postponed... More

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Milan, Italy
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14 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Yes, gothic cathedrals are huge and reach to the sky. This is taller, bigger, incomplete, and failing. They never completed the main nave and façade, leaving the choir and transect unbalanced and needing "temporary" buttresses. The only cathedral where I ever felt the strain of matter pushed by mankind up against gravity. Feels like watching an Apollo launch from under... More

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Paris, France
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Each evening, after the sun has gone down, there is a "Son et Lumière" show which is really worth a look

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Preston, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Beauvais cathedral is certainly worth a visit but not sufficiently tourist oriented. All captions and notes to items to see are only in French when having in German and English as well would help. If going to Beauvais do not fly via its airport! Lacks seating and what there is, is all metal! Toilets are disgusting and many had never... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Wonderful examples of renaissance, gothic and Carolingian architecture. Also less crowded than other churches if a similar calibre, if you're staying in Beauvais the cathedral is a must. They have a timeline, only in French however, which is an aspect that could be improved, but it is exhaustive and details the history of the cathedral, along with architectural notes and... More

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Senlis, France
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107 reviews 107 reviews
27 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Having seen a program on the cathedrals in the region, I chose Beauvais. I knew that it housed an astrological clock with moving mechanical figures, depicting the Last Judgment. The cathedral itself has suffered throughout history - the French revolution, fires, collapsed towers, world wars, but is still standing. It is being restored but the work is being done with... More

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Wales
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Wonderful cathedral, if a little bit off-putting seeing it held up with timber structures! Home to the world's oldest chiming clock and a spectacular astrological clock/machine! Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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