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Cloître de la Psalette à Tours

Come and discover the La Psalette cloisters in Tours, built between 1442 and 1524 and combining Gothic and Renaissance elements. Enter the place where the canons of the Saint Gatien cathedral, famed throughout all medieval Europe for their illuminated manuscripts, once worked.

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Times may vary

April : every day except Sunday mornings, 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2 to 5.30 pm 
May to August : every day except Sunday mornings, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 2 to 6 pm 
September : daily except Monday, Tuesday and Sunday mornings, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and 2 to 5 pm 
October to March : daily except Monday, Tuesday and Sunday mornings, 9.30 am to 12:30 pm and 2 to 5 pm 

on January 1, May 1, and December 25 


Adult: 3€
18-25 year-old (except European resident): 2,50€
Groups of 20 or more: 2,80€
Scholar groups: 20€

Free admission
- visitors under the age of 18
- 18-25 year-old residents of the European Area
- teachers of art, art history, and the applied arts- holders of the "Pass Education" (primary and secondary school teachers in French public schools and private schools receiving government subsidies)
- artists affiliated to the Maison des Artistes (in France) or the AIAP (Association Internationale des Arts Plastiques)
- unemployed individuals and visitors receiving benefits (proof of entitlement must be dated within the last six months)
- disabled visitors and their guest or helper
- journalists (with a valid press card)

Going there

From Paris or Poitiers: motorway A 10, exit n° 21 towards the city centre


Cloître de la Psalette
inside the cathedral
37000 Tours
T 33 / (0)2 47 47 05 19
F 33 / (0)2 47 47 05 19

GPS details

Latitude : 47.3958
Longitude : 0.6941


De mars à septembre 2016, le Centre des monuments nationaux présente la deuxième édition de « Monuments en mouvement »

Le cloître de la Psalette, à la confluence du gothique et de la Renaissance


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Understanding the La Psalette cloisters in Tours 

• The origin of the name. The La Psalette cloisters are named after the psalms sung by the neighbouring music school. 

• A setting for La Comédie Humaine. In the 19th century, Balzac installed Abbot Birotteau in a wing of the cloister, turned into a dwelling, in his novel Le Curé de Tours.

• Cathedral cloisters (13th to 16th century). Don’t miss the 13th-century stained-glass windows in the apse chapels or the tomb of the children of Charles VIII and Anne de Bretagne, sculpted around 1500.



Horaires :
Du 8/5 au 13/7 et du
16/8 au 20/9 : samedi et dimanche
Du 14/7 au
15/8 : tous les jours

Horaires : 11h, 14h30,
15h45 et 16h45

Attention : pas de visite à
11h les dimanches et jours de fêtes religieuses

Attention : les 12 et 13
septembre : pas de visite à 16h45

Ces visites sont proposées en
français uniquement.

Selfguided tours

Documents of visit are available in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch.

Guided tour

In French only. Those commented visits are offer in your ticket rates. On reservation fifteen days before.
Thirty minutes.

Lecturer tour

(Group visits must be booked in advance)
Tours of the Cloître de la Psalette are given by national museum guides. It takes approximately fourty-five minutes to discover the site.
Fees:  Group of 15 persons or less: 90 € (this price includes the admission fee of the group)
Group of 16 to 30 persons: 175 € (this price includes the admission fee of the group)
To make a reservation for a private guided tour, please contact Caroline Calpéna at caroline.calpena@monuments-nationaux.fr

Guide Dog allowed

Dogs excluded

Local monuments


Possibility of renting the garden of the monument.
Park for bus at four hundred meters.


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claudie le 08/03/2012 01h43
Je redécouvre ce cloitre magnifique ; j'ai habité durant ma jeunesse (...) rue de la Psalette et le cloître à cette époque là n'était pas entretenu comme maintenant, c'était dans les années 40 à 60 ; souvenirs, souvenirs ...
Sieur Pierre Denys de la Ronde le 05/02/2011 10h36
C'est extrordinaire! Astounding history!
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