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Cathedrale St-Gatien, Tours

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Built between 1170 and 1547, Cathedrale St-Gatien is a Roman Catholic cathedral boasting many restorations. View essential collections like the organ built by Barnabé Delanoue in the 16th century and donated by Archbishop Martin de Beaune. You can also see the Carrara marble tombs of the two children, from Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany, both of whom died as infants. Then try to recognize the three different architectural designs encompassing the structure: Romanesque tower buttresses, Gothic ornamentation, and Renaissance tower spires. To visit Cathedrale St-Gatien and get the most from your holiday in Tours, create itinerary details personal to you using our Tours itinerary planner.
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  • One of the impressive Gothic cathedrals that grace the great neighboring country. Its façade, as inside, is beautiful both while it does not keep any of the original stained glass windows.
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  • It's a must see! Very impressive! make a photo, so that the entire frame hit the Cathedral is the need to sweat! Cool stained glass there! Very beautiful body! All this together makes a very strong impression even by unbelievers. In the evening, the walls of the Cathedral are conducted light show-be sure to visit!
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  • The cathedral is nestled away in a quiet area of Tours and is in great condition. The inside is full of stained glass windows with explanations of what is depicted on each. On a sunny day, the glass s...  read more »
  • We stopped here just by chance.This was a very pleasant surprise. One could spend 15 minutes or 1:30 here. Some of the best stained glass I have seen.
  • One of the best; amazing stained glass
  • Very old Catholic church. The night view is magnificent with exterior lighting.
  • The Tours Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Gatien de Tours), dedicated to Saint Gatien, its first bishop, was begun about 1170 to replace the just-started cathedral that burned down in 1166 during the quarrel between Louis VII of France and Henry II of England. Work on Tours Cathedral proceeded at a leisurely pace over the centuries until 1547. The lowermost stages of the west towers belong to the 12th century, but the rest of the west end is in the profusely detailed Flamboyant Gothic of the 15th century. It was completed just as the Renaissance was flourishing, which can be seen in the belfries. Henry James complimented the cathedral's "charming mouse-colored complexion." (A Little Tour in France). Inside the triple-naved church, building proceeded as always from the sanctuary and choir, which has some of the finest stained glass (13th century), and worked pier by pier down the nave. The choir is 13th century; the transept and east bays of the nave are 14th century; a cloister on the north is contemporary with the facade. Just beyond the south transept stands the tomb of the sons of Charles VIII and Anne de Bretagne. After the death of both Charles and his sons, the Valois line came to an end and Anne was obliged by law to marry Charles' cousin, Louis XII. When the 15th century illuminator Jean Fouquet was set the task of illuminating Josephus's Jewish Antiquities, his depiction of Solomon's Temple was modeled after the nearly-complete Cathedral of Tours. The atmosphere of the Gothic cathedral close permeates Honoré de Balzac's dark short novel of jealousy and provincial intrigues, Le Curé de Tours (The Curate of Tours) and his medieval story Maitre Cornelius opens within the cathedral itself.
  • Beautiful cathedral, a bit enclosed in the city landscape. At sunset in autumn, you can see the front of the cathedral become a wonderful yellow color. Inside is quite impressive too. Really pleasant to visit.
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