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A bit surreal

From the outside, a very large church in the lower town, that could be a cathedral in many a town... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2018
paul r
Another beautiful church.

Although they are presently restoring the inside it is worth a visit. During the lumiere the... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2018
Cecilia D
Gosford, Australia
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

St.Pierre is a wonderful old church in desperate need of some major restoration and it is painfully obvious that it is the poor relation in the Notre Dame family. However, it has some wonderful 700 year old stained glass windows and a simplicity of design...More

Thank Alan L
Reviewed August 11, 2018

From the outside, a very large church in the lower town, that could be a cathedral in many a town. This one provides a very strange feeling of neglect, even the floor is slightly covered with dust. And yet, in spite of this derelict aspect,...More

Thank paul r
Reviewed July 28, 2018

Although they are presently restoring the inside it is worth a visit. During the lumiere the exterior is beautifully lit up.

Thank Cecilia D
Reviewed June 21, 2018

I saw this church from the train when coming into Chartres and decided to 'find it' - It looks impressive from the outside, alas they are doing quite a lot of work on it on the inside so it was difficult to see exactly how...More

Thank petematthews
Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

This location was the site of a Benedictine abbey by the 7th century. The oldest part of the current church was built around 1000 AD but was vulnerable to attack due to its location outside of the protective walls of the town. After a huge...More

Thank TravelerMike9999
Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

Great place, worth the visit! It’s a massive church, a bit neglected but beautiful. The gardens are great and during the “Chartres en lumières” period, this is one of the most beautiful sceneries to see.

Thank DimiEG
Reviewed March 15, 2018

This church, which is quite large for a parish church, is undergoing renovation inside, although that might be more with updating electricity and such stuff, than really the renovation that is needed to restore its former glory. Due to the renovation, the choir and ambulatory...More

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed August 27, 2017

Not on the same scale as the cathedral, but still lovely to visit while walking through town. Restoration has not progressed as far, so it is interesting to compare the structure with the other cathedral.

Thank knuckles2
Reviewed June 29, 2017

I was impressed by the outside of the Eglise, highly impressive buttresses attract you, but the inside looked sad and gloomy. There is still very attractive painted glass inside, but the place looked neglected. I was the only person inside the Eglise, and then a...More

Thank sb2003
Reviewed June 27, 2017

This involves a pretty good walk up and down the various old town streets and stairs leading from Chartres Cathedra. and requires good shoes. Don't wear sandals. We visited early when services were being conducted and only photographed the exterior, but it was certainly worthwhile.

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