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Tower of Chartres Cathedral

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Address: Cloitre Notre-Dame, 28000, Chartres, France
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8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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A destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years, the Cathedral of...

A destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years, the Cathedral of Chartres, located on the plain of Beauce, was severely damaged by a number of fires. The façade and one of the spires date from the 12th century, the second spire was built in the 16th century on a 12th century base while the nave and chancel go back to the 13th century. From the top of the Jehan de Beauce tower, visitors can enjoy superb views of the surrounding country and take a close-up look at the Cathedral’s Gothic architecture. Cathedral designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 2nd May to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st September to 30th April: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Sunday mornings. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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Beautiful, Sacred, Historic

Wonderful, and it was made all the more meaningful with the tour to tell us what we were seeing! How to read stained glass windows, architecture from 1000 years ago, a million... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Riverside, California

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wonderful, and it was made all the more meaningful with the tour to tell us what we were seeing! How to read stained glass windows, architecture from 1000 years ago, a million things that made me want to learn more.

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Bramhall, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The climb is not especially demanding, but the spiral staircase is narrow, so passing on the stairs isn't particularly easy. We were lucky, because we went on a quiet day. The views from the top of the old town are excellent and there is, of course, the chance to get up close and personal with the cathedral architecture itself. Probably... More 

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UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the climb...although not for the faint of heart. It is a bit high up. Loved it myself. You get fantastic views of the city and of the rest of the cathedral itself.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When i walked in side , immediately the inner peace I felt just made me feel so humbled to have walked around such a beautiful place

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Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

I suppose this may not be adapted if you are visiting with your grandmother but if you are fit enough for the stairs, you will get great views of the surroundings and some sense of the height of the cathedral

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Aegerten
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Quite a depending climb but worth every step. You will be rewarded with exciting views of Chartres itself, it's old houses and courtyards a well as a wide view across the country side.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

A beautiful example of French gothic. The stained glass windows are fabulous and the light show at night is spectacular.

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North Bergen, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

We climbed the tower and it was quite scary and claustrophobic because the stairs are so narrow and steep. But, it was all worth it when we got to the top!

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

It's a great cathedral! However it can not compete with Notre Dame de Paris or any other cathedral in Paris. It also offers great views of the city if you climb to the top.

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Surrey,England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

This is a fascinating thing to do both for the architecture and for the views. Staircase is narrow and quite low in places so not for the claustrophobic.

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