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The Loire Valley Sights

Cathédral St-Gatien

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Updated 04/07/2014

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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.

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Rue Lavoisier, Tours, 37000, France

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  • Apr., Mon.–Sat. 10–12:30 and 2–5:30, Sun. 2–5:30; May–Aug., Mon.–Sat. 9:30–12:30 and 2–6, Sun. 2–6; Sept.–Mar., Wed.–Sat. 9:30–12:30 and 2–5, Sun.–Tues. 2–5

Updated 04/07/2014


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May 29, 2007

Stained Glass Windows Rival Sainte-Chappele

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

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