Chartres Historic Preservation Area

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Chartres Historic Preservation Area

Chartres Historic Preservation Area
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aleksandarkrc
531 contributions
Oct 2020
You should comme and visit the old town.In the lower part you'll find a very well preserved and typical city, the workig part of the location.Whereas in the center you will enjoy the religious part.
Written October 21, 2020
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AngelaD17
Tuggeranong, Australia59 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Chartres is about 1 hour on the train from Paris, has one of the great cathedrals of the world and a medieval town centre. It is well worth a visit if you have the time.. To get there: go to Montparnasse train station, the ticket machines are on the upper floor and there is an English language option. Find the platform on the indicator situated on the floor below - make sure you know where the train terminates as it may not list Chartres On arrival in Chartres check the return train times at the station, then walk up the hill about 7 mins towards the cathedral. It's worth going to the tourist office nearby, situated in a medieval half timbered building, to get a free walking map of the medieval centre. The cathedral is magnificent and has a Labyrinth which you can walk. Walk alongside the canal to see some interesting old buildings and stop at Le Café Serpente for an excellent coffee. Don't forget to validate your return ticket when you take the train back to Paris.
Written November 13, 2018
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cashelguy
Cudahy, WI352 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
When a lot of people visit Chartres they visit the cathedral and little to nothing else. The historic center of Chatres is a lovely village that include bridges, half-timbered houses and, yes, other Medieval churches too. Chartres may not be as beautiful as some French villages, but it is certainly worth an exploration. Be sure to get beyond the pricey tourist shops next to the cathedral. There is a tourist information center near the cathedral that has a guide to a town walk.
Written July 10, 2012
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MargiSu
Holmfirth, UK921 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
We set out from Paris Gare Montparnasse (train destination La Mons) at 10:09 arriving in Chartres at 11:25. The return train was at 20:52 into Paris at 21:53 for a cost of 46 Euros for two of us.

Outside the station you can see the cathedral spires, just follow the roadway through, you can’t miss it. I had read that the tourist information was just outside the station, this is not so. Head towards the cathedral and turn right down Rue des Changes, then take the second left onto Rue de la Poissonnerie and the tourist office is in a medieval building called the Maison du Saumon which, apparently, is the oldest building in Chartres. The staff speak good English and have lots of maps and information on walks around the town to see the medieval streets and houses.

It is quite a steep walk down to the river where the views of the town are stupendous, but the little tourist train will take you round the town should you not wish to walk and stops just outside the Cathedral.

In particular, the buildings to look out for are the Maison du Saumon, Escalier de la Reine Berthe, Maison Romane, and of course, the magnificent Cathedral. The area here is all pedestrianised so it’s a pleasure just to wander round looking at the buildings without the hassle of traffic.

At the back of the Cathedral is a grass labyrinth, should you be unable to see the one in the Cathedral.

There are lots of bars, cafés and restaurants all serving lovely meals and snacks all day long. After all the sightseeing we had plenty of time to sit and relax over a wonderful evening meal before catching the train back to Paris.
Written September 5, 2015
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avidtraveller195
Melbourne, Australia598 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
After you have done the obligatory cathedral visit the best part of visiting Chartres, in our humble opinion, was the walk along the river to view the medieval lower town with its half-timbered houses. As it was a Monday not much was open, and there is not many restaurants open other days of the week either, however it is a lovely walk with some great photo opportunities before you return up the hill over the Rue du Pont.
Written September 8, 2014
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jim_lincoln
Lincoln, UK152 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
Unexpected huge bonus to Chartres Cathedral. 2/3 hours at a very leisurely pace shows off the best Chartres has to offer along the River Eure. From old churches to ancient walls and fortifications, it's a treasure.
Written July 13, 2012
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FredD
Compiegne City, France461 contributions
Nov 2012 • Couples
We have visited the Chartres Historic Preservation area a rainy day.
Chartes is well known for its beautiful Cathedral... But if you take the time to walk around you will discover a very nice area close to the river with old streets and the exceptionnal Saint Andrew Collegiate Church
Written November 21, 2012
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TravelCuties
New Jersey1,403 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
Had a great walk through the historic district following the walking route on the tourist office map (available at hotels as well). We visited two beautiful churches in addition to the cathedral that were pretty much empty. Keep an eye out for the street signs - they do a whimsical job of illustrating the street names!
Have fun!
Written October 13, 2012
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Nobres M
Brasilia, DF53 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
The city is neat and charming. We loved walking on the streets and by the small river that surrounds the old town. Taking the small train that departs from the Cathedral in the evening for the "Chartres en Lumiere" is a must.
Written August 8, 2012
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Ice_D_8
Canberra, Australia510 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
The architecture and layout of the village is like from the pages of history. The area around the Eure River I found very picturesque. However, word of warning, the steepness of streets is a real aerobic workout, especially going between the River area and the Cathedral. Advice: I went on the Little Chart'Train tour before walking around the village, so I knew what to expect.
Written May 6, 2014
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