Built between 1239 and 1484, this noted cathedral, one of the greatest churches of the Loire Valley, reveals a mixture of architectural styles. The richly sculpted stonework of its majestic two-tower facade betrays the Renaissance influence on local château-trained craftsmen. The stained glass dates from the 13th century (if you have binoculars, bring them). Also take a look at the little tomb with kneeling angels built in memory of Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany's
two children; and the Cloître de La Psalette (Psalm Cloister, €3), on the south side of the cathedral, where the canons of St-Gatien created some of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts in medieval Europe.
Rue Lavoisier, Tours, 37000, France
May 29, 2007
Tours Cathedral has astonishing 13th century stained glass windows which have complete explanations on site in ENGLISH and rivaling Chartres & Sainte-Chappele, Paris. Take binoculars. Also don't miss the early wall paintings on the south aisle. Sadly we found no souvenir booklet