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“Fascinating”

Church of Notre Dame la Grande
Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Poitiers
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cambridge
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91 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Fascinating”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

You don't have to be into religion to enjoy visiting this building. An earlier review headed "not a church fan" was, in my opinion, not at all helpful. Why write about somewhere if you haven't gone in? And churches do have bells..... Anyway, for those who do want to go in, this church is fascinating in a baroque sort of style. In other words, it is rather more flamboyant than the more traditional main cathedral in Poitiers. It is quite compact but it has character, style and is full of interesting quirks. If you can only gaze in bemusement at people's desire to produce a plethora of things to celebrate their beliefs then you will still get plenty of enjoyment from Notre Dame le Grande. Don't miss the superb carving above one of the outside doors (round the side from the main entrance).

Visited September 2013
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Madrid, Spain
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138 reviews
54 attraction reviews
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“Small gem”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

We parked in the Market parking, and right when we went up the stairs, there it was , placed in the middle of the square , like a gem is set in a precious metal
It is not big, but its size is actually part of its beauty . Medieval romanic in style, it is a pleasure to look , doesn´t matter the angle you choose
The interior is breathtaking, with columns that go up, like the prayers .
Don´t miss to walk around the " Angels walk " , and to visit the tiny chapels placed in the sides
The columns and walls still keep the primitive paintings , or at least traces of them ,
Whether you are catholic or not, you will be moved by this place, a beautiful Stone prayer

Visited September 2013
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city island, new york
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251 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“right in the middle”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Poitiers center is for pedestrians only--so to get to these medieval places you have to park the car outside the center and walk--the church is kept very well and is a good example of the period--the whole city is nice with Roman structures popping up here and there

Visited August 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“beautiful church”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Firstly i'm not religious. However you don't have to be to admire the beauty of this church. it's beautiful. once a week they also light up the church and do a 'light show' I would recommend going as a couple and taking some wine and enjoying a evening under the stars.

Visited July 2013
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Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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“not being a big church fan”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

this only gets 3 stars - i guess if you are into architecture and religion it would but more up your street. However, we happened to be outside this church at midday quenchng our thirst when a french family sat next to us and said aloud 'the bells....' exactly what I was thinking!

Visited August 2013
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