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“Beautiful cathedral -- uncrowded”

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Laon
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Asheville, NC
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413 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
“Beautiful cathedral -- uncrowded”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

This could very easily be your best visit to a medieval cathedral in France. For starters, it's a beautiful structure. The architecture and stained glass are equal to any you'll see at France's more famous cathedrals. The interpretive materials are a little bit weak, but overall, the condition of this magnificent structure seems to have improved since we first visited it in 2010. Restoration work is ongoing. Be sure and visit the cloisters. Entry is gained right beside the tourism office next door. Also be sure and stand back, look up, and find the quirky oxen gargoyles near the top of the bell towers. Be sure and ask somebody about the legend of the oxen.

What may make this your best cathedral visit is how uncrowded this place is. At times during our two hours of wandering around inside, we had the place completely to ourselves. And, never were there more than a half dozen other visitors. It made it easy to take photos.

Outside, parking was incredibly easy. We were able to park in a free space less than 100 feet from the entrance. There were other paid spots around the side of the building. I don't know anywhere else in France where access is this easy.

This cathedral is one of our favorite places in France and we love how uncrowded it is. In fact, I'm not sure why I'm telling anybody about it. Forget I mentioned it.

Visited October 2013
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“The best of all the Cathedrals we have seen in France”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

We had long seen this amazing looking building as we drove past on our way to the Alps and eventually decided to stop and see what it was. It is the most impressive gothic building we have seen. Presented in a clean clear manner and nothing got in the way of you appreciating the majesty of the place. You are left in awe about how this building was designed and erected in the early Middle Ages. So if you are driving along the A26 and see the massive building on a hill 20 minutes before you reach Reims stop and investigate and be prepared to be impressed

Visited July 2013
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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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“Spectacular cathedral”
Reviewed 18 September 2013

Stands well in the old town high over the surrounding area and can be seen for miles. Well worth the hike up from the new town below. Amazing presence and interior. Entrance surrounded by magnificent sculptures. Worth spending time here before visiting the rest of the town.

Visited May 2013
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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“Magnificent mediaeval town”
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Visible from miles around, as it is the highest point in the area. So, magnificent views. Also, can be kinda strenuous to get up those steps to the old town! We made the mistake of not driving far enough up the hill, and the steps LOOKED nice and gradual. But it's hard work. There is apparently a cable car, but we couldn't find it.
The cathedral did not disappoint; nice gargoyles! And interesting old buildings all around. Worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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New Orleans
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“Don't miss it.”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

I was really surprised when I turned the corner and there it was. The flying buttresses are massive and unique. If you're in Senlis, do not miss this architectural beauty.

Visited August 2013
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