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Tower of Chartres Cathedral

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Address: Cloitre Notre-Dame, 28000, Chartres, France
08:30 - 19:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 19:30

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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we decided to see the cathedral as we were so close to Chartres while we were visiting Paris, the town was very pretty and easy to park, right by the cathedral. It was an amazing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Herne Bay, United Kingdom

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

we decided to see the cathedral as we were so close to Chartres while we were visiting Paris, the town was very pretty and easy to park, right by the cathedral. It was an amazing experience, the architecture fabulous and the stained glass windows I have never seen such beauty. The restoration is well under way and people working hard... More 

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the plunge and climb the tower. There is a small charge, but it is worth it! There are two things they don't tell you; one is the ascension is done on 300 steps in a spiral that can affect you if you experience vertigo. There are also places where you can step aside and have small rests, which is... More 

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Laguna Woods, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This is a very historic cathedral. Both inside and outside are very beautiful. In the evening there are light shows on the side resembling stained glass windows. On the front the show has changing scenes with shadows of people climbing up and doing acrobatics similar to circe de sole. One can sit at a nearby outdoor restaurant and see it... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Lets be honest, if it wasn't for this Cathedral nobody would ever visit Chartres. So if you've made the effort to visit this magnificent Cathedral then you would be remiss to pass on the opportunity to drag your bones to the top of the tower. The view is, well its a view of Chartres, a town that looks as interesting... More 

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 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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