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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 visited in August of 2015 and it was a bit warm. Mostly we visited the Cathedral, took the small train ride, walked the town and visited shops, and ate at one of the excellent... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dallas, Texas

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited in August of 2015 and it was a bit warm. Mostly we visited the Cathedral, took the small train ride, walked the town and visited shops, and ate at one of the excellent places immediately adjacent to the Cathedral. We enjoyed it enough that we had actually intended to return the following, but decided it was too hot.... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I arrived in Chartres expecting to spend 3 days wandering about in amazement. Nothing was a highlight. This cathedral took about 15 minutes to view. I spent more time walking the perimeter. I spent 1 day in Chartres and really regretted the wasted time when I arrived in Avignon and found so much more to enjoy.

Thank rob2269
Pattaya, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

My favorite French Cathedral...ascend the 300 steps up the spiral staircase for a fantastic panoramic view of Chartres, take your time as its a steep, possible vertigo inducing trek...but worth it!! Downstairs, gaze at the beautiful stained glass, frescoes, sculpture and large pipe organ. The exterior is class French Gotjic architecture in its grandeur.

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

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 

1 Thank WendyLou1
Laguna Woods, California
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Reviewed 7 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
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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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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