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Historical Churches (Self Guided), Tours

In Tours there are several notable places of worship that pay testament to the rich history and spiritual life of the town. Take our tour to visit the most interesting places of worship in Tours.
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Historical Churches Map

Guide Name: Historical Churches
Guide Location: France » Tours (See other walking tours in Tours)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Eglise Saint-Pierre-Ville
  • Chapelle Notre-Dame
  • Notre-Dame-de-l'Incarnation
  • Chapelle des Lazaristes
  • Saint Gatien's Cathedral
  • Eglise Saint Grégoire des Minimes
  • Basilica of St. Martin
  • Eglise Saint Saturnin
  • Eglise Saint Julien
Eglise Saint-Pierre-Ville

1) Eglise Saint-Pierre-Ville

This site dates back to the earliest days of Christianity in the region. A simple chapel was erected here named Saint-Pierre des Corps in 858. While the church has been rebuilt several times, part of the ancient chapel remains visible today.
Chapelle Notre-Dame

2) Chapelle Notre-Dame

The Notre-Dame chapel is located on the Rue Ursulines, near the Carmelite convent. Built in 1900, its structure is based on a design by Charles Guerin.

3) Notre-Dame-de-l'Incarnation

The Notre-Dame-de-l'Incarnation church is part of the Carmelite Convent on the Rue Ursulines. This convent was established in the 19th Century. The complex includes the church, an oratory, garden, lodgings and a beautiful courtyard.
Chapelle des Lazaristes

4) Chapelle des Lazaristes

The Chapelle des Lazaristes is a 19th Century chapel on the Rue du Général-Meusnier, near the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Built in 1860, it was designed by architect Gustave Guerin. One of its most special features is its wonderful statue of St. Vincent de Paul, which was created by sculptor Trodoux.
Saint Gatien's Cathedral

5) Saint Gatien's Cathedral (must see)

Saint Gatien's Cathedral is the Roman Catholic cathedral church of the Tours diocese and the metropolitan cathedral of the Tours ecclesiastic province, in Indre-et-Loire, France. Saint-Gatien's Cathedral was built between 1170 and 1547. At the time construction began, it was located at the south end of the bridge over the Loire, on the road from Paris to the south-west of France. It has been a classified Monument historique since 1862.

To the north of the cathedral is a small cloister, also built during the Renaissance. This cloister is known as the cloître de la Psalette, in reference to its function as a school of psalms (religious chants). To the south of the cathedral is the former archbishop's palace, built in the early 18th century, which has now become the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours.

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Eglise Saint Grégoire des Minimes

6) Eglise Saint Grégoire des Minimes

The Eglise Saint Grégoire des Minimes is part of the Minimes convent, built in the early 17th Century. The church's facade is very minimalistic-looking, in line with the classical style of the time. Inside you can see a rich collection of impressive sculptures and woodworks.
Basilica of St. Martin

7) Basilica of St. Martin (must see)

The beginning of the story of the Basilica of St. Martin goes all the way back to the 4th Century, whne a small chapel was established here. The chapel was dedicated to St. Martin, who was the bishop of Tours at that time. Destroyed and rebuilt many times since, it was architect Victor Laloux that designed the Roman-Byzantine basilica on the site today.
Eglise Saint Saturnin

8) Eglise Saint Saturnin

Situated on the Loire riverbank, the Eglise Saint Saturnin, formerly known as the Eglise des Carmes, was built in 1473 with the help of King Louis XI. Its wonderful façade overlooks Rue Littré. Inside the church you can see choir's stalls which originated at the old Abbey Cormery and are an important historical treasure today.
Eglise Saint Julien

9) Eglise Saint Julien

The Eglise Saint Julien is one of the prime religious monuments of Tours. Situated at the beginning of the Rue Nationale, it’s near the Pont Wilson bridge across the Loire River. Dating from 1240 to 1840, this church is a listed historical monument that features beautiful stained glass windows and magnificent architecture.

Walking Tours in Tours, France

Create Your Own Walk in Tours

Create Your Own Walk in Tours

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tours is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cultural Venus

Cultural Venus

Tours is home to a thriving cultural life. The town’s many interesting venues offer a large spectrum of performances, exhibitions and festivals. Take our tour to see all the best cultural spots in Tours.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Tours Museums Walk

Tours Museums Walk

Tours is one of France’s great historical centres, as shown by its wide range of museums that tell the fascinating story of the country’s long history. Take our tour to see the most interesting collections.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Tours Old Town Walk

Tours Old Town Walk

The city of Tours has successfully preserved much of its medieval and Renaissance heritage. Most of these historic buildings and other sights are concentrated in the ancient village of Chateauneuf, now known as the Quartier Plumereau. Take our tour to see the best sights in this amazing area.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Tours Introduction Walk

Tours Introduction Walk

Declared a “City of Art and History” more than 20 years ago, Tours stays true to its title boasting rich cultural and historic heritage dating all the way back to the second century BC. Stately architecture complete with beautiful gardens await visitors coming to the city. See all these on this orientation walk and enjoy your time in Tours.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles