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Tours Cathedral

See the tombs of the infants of French royalty after gazing up at the mesmerizing façade and the well preserved stained glass inside.

The mesmerizing Gothic façade of Tours Cathedral is among the most eye-catching architectural designs in the region. Its range of intriguing features dates from several time periods, between the 12th and 16th centuries. Learn about its fascinating history through the works of art dotted around the walls of its interior.

Take a look around the church to see its triple-naved interior. Marvel at the artistic treasures in the city’s spiritual home. Inspect the wonderful stained-glass windows from the 13th century. The panels of glass, which are of remarkable quality considering their age, tell stories from biblical passages. Bring binoculars for a better view of the artistic works. Make your way to the small cloister, from the Renaissance era, to the north of the cathedral

See the church’s grand organ, which dates back to the 16th century. Descend into the crypt to get a glimpse of the tomb of the children of King Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany. Admire the statues by artist Girolamo da Fiesole on the Italian-style marble tomb.

Enjoy the serene ambiance of the building, as you sit on a pew beneath its high ceiling. Sit on a bench outside the church to gaze up at its magnificent façade. Its three grand entrances, twin towers and pediments are covered in ornate details. Contrast the Gothic style of the church with the neo-byzantine Saint Martin Basilica nearby.

The building is also known as Saint Gatien’s Cathedral, after a saint who died in the 3rd century. It opens daily from morning until evening and is free to enter.

The Tours Cathedral stands beside the main attractions right in the center of the city. Within just a few streets, there are the Museum of Fine Arts, the Tours Castle and Rue Colbert, where there are countless bars, cafés and shops. The cathedral is just to the south of the Aucard Island in the middle of the Loire River.


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Best Western Central Hotel £71
Best Western Central Hotel

Best Western Central Hotel

     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Tours City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Julien Church, Musee du Compagnonnage and Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre. Place de Châteauneuf and Musee des Beaux-Arts are also within 10 minutes. Tours Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    The People Hostel - Tours £40
    The People Hostel - Tours

    The People Hostel - Tours

       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Tours, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Loire Valley and Vinci International Convention Centre. University of Tours and St. Julien Church are also within 1 mile (2 km). Tours Station is 12 minutes by foot.

      Best Western Plus L'artist Hotel £64
      Best Western Plus L'artist Hotel

      Best Western Plus L'artist Hotel

         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in La Fuye-Velpeau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vinci International Convention Centre and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Saint-Gatien Cathedral and St. Julien Church are also within 1 mile (2 km). Tours Station is only a 4-minute walk and St Pierre des Corps Station is 29 minutes.

        Hotel Mondial £55
        Hotel Mondial

        Hotel Mondial

        3 Place De La Resistance, Tours
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Tours City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre, St. Julien Church and Musee du Compagnonnage. Place de Châteauneuf and Saint Martin Basilica are also within 5 minutes. Tours Station is 13 minutes by foot.

          Oceania L'Univers Tours £127
          Oceania L'Univers Tours

          Oceania L'Univers Tours

          5 Boulevard Heurteloup, Tours, Indre-et-Loire
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Tours City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vinci International Convention Centre, Musee des Beaux-Arts, and St. Julien Church. Musee du Compagnonnage and University of Tours are also within 15 minutes. Tours Station is only a 3-minute walk.

            Château Belmont Tours by The Crest Collection £111
            Château Belmont Tours by The Crest Collection

            Château Belmont Tours by The Crest Collection

               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Tours, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Musee du Compagnonnage, St. Julien Church and Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre. Place Plumereau and Place de Châteauneuf are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Le Grand Hotel Tours £89
              Le Grand Hotel Tours

              Le Grand Hotel Tours

              9, place du General Leclerc, Tours, Indre-et-Loire
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Tours, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vinci International Convention Centre and Musee des Beaux-Arts. St. Julien Church and Saint-Gatien Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Tours Station is only a 2-minute walk.

                Nemea Appart Hotel Residence Quai Victor £55
                Nemea Appart Hotel Residence Quai Victor

                Nemea Appart Hotel Residence Quai Victor

                6 Rue Marcel Tribut, Tours
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in La Fuye-Velpeau, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Vinci International Convention Centre and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Saint-Gatien Cathedral and St. Julien Church are also within 1 mile (2 km). Tours Station is only a 3-minute walk and St Pierre des Corps Station is 29 minutes.