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“Great panoramic view of Chartres” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tower of Chartres Cathedral

Tower of Chartres Cathedral
Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Chartres
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Owner description: 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
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Great panoramic view of Chartres”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

Going up the tower of Chartres Cathedral is an excellent choice since you'll get an awesome panoramic view of the entire city.

Visited August 2011
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“You Won't Regret The Climb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

After touring the cathedral, climb the 300 steps up the narrow/winding staircase. When you reach the top you will enjoy a nice view of the town and surrounding area. It was very breezy on top so watch your hats?

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Tucson, Arizona
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“Dizzy Views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

We climbed all 300 (?) steps up into the tower and were rewarded with some amazing views of the city and surrounding countryside. I found it vertigo-inducing, but could not stop looking. Particularly fascinating were the highly detailed carvings visible at the tower landing, above us, and around. The cathedral artisans carved these images of beasts and flowers in a place where they would not be seen by anyone but God!

Visited May 2012
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Aubonne, Switzerland
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“A long winding walk up but worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

The old North Tower spiral stair is a bit tiring but the view is worth it, and the terrasse around the top level is interesting in itself. We thought it was great on a rainy morning in April -- I wouldn't even think about struggling up that stair on a busy day in July, scrambling over bodies, etc.

Visited April 2012
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