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Cloister of la Psalette

7 rue de la Psalette, 37000, Tours, France
+33 2 47 47 05 19
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Worth a visit.

Accessed from the cathedral for a modest fee (3.50€) this is a quiet place to stroll round and... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
Hastings, United Kingdom
via mobile
An elegant Renaissance bulding

The Cloister of la Palette means choir cloister. This name was given as one of its rooms was used... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
Ralf K
Wurzburg, Germany
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The Cloître de la Psalette, which means choir cloister, was given this name as one of its rooms was used for practising religious chant in the Middle Ages. The architecture of the cloister which adjoins to the Cathedral of Tours is made up of three galleries built partly in the Flamboyant style and partly in the Renaissance style, of the scriptorium, the old bookshop and of the Renaissance staircase. Open: > 8th September to 31st March: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. > 1st April to 3rd May: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. > 4th May to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission 15 minutes before closing time. Closed: > 1st October to 31st March: Monday and Tuesday. > Sunday morning. > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 3 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 2,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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7 rue de la Psalette, 37000, Tours, France
+33 2 47 47 05 19
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Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Accessed from the cathedral for a modest fee (3.50€) this is a quiet place to stroll round and gives excellent views of the exterior of the cathedral. There is an old spiral staircase and there are numerous gargoyles. A temporary photographic art exhibition 'Les Dormeurs...More

Thank DP1066
Reviewed 11 August 2017

The Cloister of la Palette means choir cloister. This name was given as one of its rooms was used for practicing religious chant in the Middle ages. The architecture of the cloister which follows to the cathedral of Tours is built up of three galleries...More

1  Thank Ralf K
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The two main things on interest (for me) are the spiral staircase make out of limestone (?) - the hand rail is really unique and the other great thing is that you can see parts of the outside of the Cathedrale St-Gatien that you can...More

Thank Mark&Rosa
Reviewed 30 September 2015

When I visited there was an amazing piece of artwork on display which was mystical and amazing. The cloister gives an insight into life in days of old.

Thank lasvegas-marmalade
Reviewed 18 August 2015

For a small entrance fee (16-25 year olds are free), you can visit the cloister to the left hand side of the Cathedral of St Gatien. It is arranged on two levels connected by a Renaissance spiral stair in one corner. The architecture of the...More

1  Thank Clinor
Reviewed 11 August 2015

lovely cloisters attached to the cathedral, small charge to get in but here is a good comprehensive guide provided in a variety of languages

Thank Agentletford
Reviewed 28 July 2015

Just off the cathedral, easy to miss. must pay to enter - a bit odd - collect the brochure before you go out and make sure you go up into the tower

1  Thank Ann B
Reviewed 28 October 2014

This ancient cloister still retains much of its ancient charm. Signs and a brochure bring its history alive. It was a center of manuscript creation as well as a place of prayer.

Thank RavJeff
Reviewed 5 August 2014

When visiting this magnificent Cathedral I felt it was well worth spending 3€ to visit the cloister, library and scriptorium. I was lucky to have this space to myself and stepped into this beautiful tranquil space in the heart of the city. The cloister affords...More

2  Thank AussiejOy_9
Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

After seeing the beautiful led light and architecture of the cathedral we were disappointed. The staircase that people are raving about wasn't anything spectacular. There was really nothing to see. Save your euros for a beer at lunch.

1  Thank Hayley S
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