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.
Opening / Closing
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
18-25 year-old (except European resident): 2,50€
Groups of 20 or more: 2,80€
Scholar groups: 20€
- 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)
From Paris or Poitiers: motorway A 10, exit n° 21 towards the city centre
inside the cathedral
F 33 / (0)2 47 47 05 19
Longitude : 0.6941
Le Centre des monuments nationaux présente les actualités et la programmation 2015 au cloître de la Psalette (Tours)
Le cloître de la Psalette, à la confluence du gothique et de la Renaissance
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.
Documents of visit are available in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch.
In French only. Those commented visits are offer in your ticket rates. On reservation fifteen days before.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Guide Dog allowed
What people think about it
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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 ...
C'est extrordinaire! Astounding history!