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“A must see for medieval cathedral fans and travelers to Bourges” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cathedrale St-Etienne

Cathedrale St-Etienne
Place Etienne-Dolet, Bourges, France
02-48-65-72-89
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Bourges
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
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Tampere, Finland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“A must see for medieval cathedral fans and travelers to Bourges”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Situated in the middle of the old part of town, magnificent cathedral will take your breath away. The cathedral is surrounded by a park-like area, and the city's tourism office is right next door. We missed the crypt this time, it was closed because of a public holiday (French independence day, aka Bastille Day). The church does not have an admission fee, but the crypt does. Bathroom facilities are available quite close to the church (neighbouring street).

Visited July 2013
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Worth quite a detour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Impressive cathedral, beautiful stained glass windows. We went to the Orléans cathedral before. This one is much higher. Unfortunately we didn't have time to visit the tower and crypt.

Visited August 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Magnificent building. City so beautiful and peaceful. Glad we arrived early and had time to visit. On route through France to Spain

Visited August 2013
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Kiwi on tour
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81 reviews 81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Spent 1/2 hour or so taking in the magniifcient archictecture both within and externally. Not as breathtaking as Chartres Cathedral or ST. Peters in Rome. Like majority of chrches in Europe - there is always some scaffolding - either internally or externally and so with this cathedral - internally covering the internal convex . Still impressive leadlighting throughot

Visited July 2013
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La Spezia, Italy
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“Magnificent cathedral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

The cathedral is very nice. Our kids liked it very much: in particular the facade, the pillars and the windows. Dont be fooled by the windows of the last century ones: look for the oldest ones (medioeval and renaissance). The building has been preserved by the lower level of pollution with respect to other town. It is in partial restoration (part of the right side and of the roof). The view from the tower is vertiginous (a small fee is applied). A special sensation is given by the structures used for the church restoration. Very nice are also the gardens on the right side with a view of the rampant arches on the church side: the rampant arches are important architectural structures that, toghether with the small towers and the pinnacles, prevent the church opens under the weight of the roof and the push of the wind.

Visited July 2013
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