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Cathedrale St-Etienne

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Address: Place de la Republique, 89100 Sens, France

This 12th-century structure, famous as the marriage site of Louis IX in...

This 12th-century structure, famous as the marriage site of Louis IX in 1234, is the oldest of the magnificent Gothic cathedrals in France.

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We walked around the cathedral and were very lucky that the organ player came in to rehearse and so we sat down for a while listening to the music filling the cathedral.

Reviewed 21 April 2017
Chris H
Cubelles, Spain
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Cubelles, Spain
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6 reviews
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

We walked around the cathedral and were very lucky that the organ player came in to rehearse and so we sat down for a while listening to the music filling the cathedral.

Thank Chris H
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

The chatedral of Sens is quite the attraction compared to the other sites Sens has to offer. I guess it is the best but Sens doesn't raise the bar high

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Talladega, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

As anybody nows from reading my reviews, my wife and I love Gothic cathedrals. Given that they are free to visit and contain treasure troves of art of all sorts, I heartily recommend all of them, even though many in France suffered terrible damage during the Huguenot wars and the French Revolution. The cathedral of Sens is not one of... More 

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Lorient, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

A beautiful cathedral with some fine windows, especially those above the Becket monument. Architecturally important, this is a less visited cathedral, but merits close attention. This was one of the most powerful cathedrals in christendom. Admire the internal window in the chancel. You'll find it again in the palace if you list, and you should, the museum. A beautiful history... More 

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Tubingen, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Local pride may go a little far in asserting the "Sens master's" status as a pioneer of Gothic architecture vis-à-vis Suger's at St. Denis, but doubtless this cathedral is eloquent witness to his and his successors' creativity. The facade may not be the most successful, but the interior achieves, through all successive transformations of style, a harmonious, pleasing unity. And... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We went to a meaningful service in this beautiful cathedral and afterwards had a good look around. The stained glass windows are beautifully made and maintained. The organ is also worth hearing. Later we had a look around the Orangerie nearby which is worth a visit. It has lovely views back up to the cathedral.

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Neutral Bay, Australia
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Reviewed 11 April 2016

We only had a few hours in Sens passing through by barge but it's a pleasant town though signs of decay abound with many closed up shops. That said efforts are being made to keep the place alive. The indoor market hall is getting a makeover and well worth a look on market day is my guess. The other dominant... More 

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

The Bishops of Sens until the 18th century used to have broad authority over a large part of France including Paris. In fact the most beautifully preserved medieval building in downtown Paris is the Hotel de Sens (now a library) was housed Sens bishops when they visited Paris. The current cathedral has Roman foundations that you can visit, and was... More 

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orlando fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2015

History, windows, the tombs of French royalty - really a gem. It is better to go before 4:00pm in December because th light was poor to admire the windows. There seems to be a brochure for sale at the Office of Tourism, which was closed the day we were there. It would have been helpful.

Thank debsteroonie
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 8 October 2015

It is on the left about two-thirds of the way to the front. The description is very interesting. Then go next door to the museum and see his vestments. Very neat.

Thank cwgreene

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