Psalette cloister: when Tours used to sing

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Eastern arcade and cathedral's transept - ©LeZibou / CC-BY-SA Eastern arcade and cathedral's transept - ©LeZibou / CC-BY-SA
La Psalette cloister Cloister

To the North of the cathedral Saint-Gatien, we are now in the Psalette cloister.

We have a ground floor, an inner courtyard, a Renaissance tower staircase (the same as the one in the castle of Blois). In 1460, the canon Raoul Segaler raised the Western wing, a gallery with a huge room (where monks gathered in order to work) on the first floor.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the other part of the cloister was built. The architect Martin François (who worked on the building works of the cathedral of Tours) managed the construction. They finished with the building of the Northern and Eastern galleries, in Gothic style.

By the way, it was in this Eastern gallery that choirboys and their teacher used to gather: it's the psalette, which means choral! Then, they fit a small chapel to the North-East, decorated with frescos that represented the massacre of the Innocents. The Western wing was added in the middle of the 19th century.

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