Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

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Considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic cathedral architecture, Chartres Cathedral still has the majority of original stained glass windows intact, while the architecture has had only minor changes since the early 13th century. Come to venerate its most famous relic, the "Sancta Camisa," alleged to be the tunic worn by the Virgin Mary during Christ's birth.

The building's exterior is dominated by heavy flying buttresses with large the windows, while the west end is dominated by two contrasting spires: a 105 m (349 ft) plain pyramid completed in 1160 CE and a 113 m (377 ft) early 16th-century flamboyant spire on top of an older tower. Equally notable are the three façades, each adorned with hundreds of sculpted figures illustrating key theological themes. To visit Chartres Cathedral and get the most from your holiday in Chartres, create itinerary details personal to you using our Chartres online trip planner .
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  • Magnificent monument must-see, as well as the edges of the water. On the other hand, Attention rates for the underground car park in the city center are more racket than a parking fee. For example less than 4 hours = 7.20 euros = Racket.
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  • We conducted a guided tour of the Cathedral, great! nothing to say, you take full eyes. The stained glass windows are beautiful; the passionate guide, time passes too fast... But the crypt, a tourist trap; no home No. She is of course but even step in its juice; badly restored, we clearly feel a lack of budget... really to avoid. As bland as the guide: he recited, monotone, sad to mature as his crypt. As for the visit to the Tower, then there must go, 200 steps, very difficult of access, but a beautiful view and an excellent guide. A great memory and a magnificent view.
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  • She is just beautiful since the Bravo renovation to the companions who were able to give back splendor to this building if extraordinary Chartres has a gem and has good reason to take care
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  • I cannot express enough how majestic this cathedral is. If you have love or interest in gothic architecture, do yourself a favor and go.
  • Beautiful and famous cathedral. Definitely worth a visit. The town around the cathedral is great to spend an evening strolling through and going out for dinner. In summer there are musical events in the marketplace in front of the cathedral too.
  • Really, the only completely intact Gothic cathedral in the world! Original windows preserved for the world to see! Windows restored and re-leaded right after World War Two. This cathedral was slated for destruction by Allies during World War Two because it was thought to be command and control center for Nazis during occupation. Allies reversed decision due to American Intel from one soldier. Colonel Welborn Barton Griffith was the American soldier who singlehandedly saved Chartres Cathedral from absolute destruction. He was later killed in action by German troops in a small village outside of Chartres in 1944. The world owes him and his surviving relatives big time! What is now the village of Chartres, was Autricum in Gallo-Roman days and the very spot the cathedral stands on has been a Pagan focal point since the Late Neolithic. This cathedral stands atop a holy spring- fed well that Christians have been using for baptisms since the early Romanesque period. Whether the church wants to admit it or not, Celtic pagan ceremonies were performed here many centuries before Julius Caesar (another pagan) arrived a good fifty years before Jesus was born. Read Caesar's Bellum Gallicum or Gallic Wars for a first hand account of his encounters with the Celtic people of Gaul. It is absolutely the greatest first hand account of one technologically superior culture invading a tribal/clan based culture. In one form or another, Bellum Gallicum has been in continuous publication for almost 2000 years! That's a few decades longer than the New Testament has been circulating! Okay, so Chartres Cathedral is a world heritage site and certainly is one of the top ten most important buildings in the world! It is of equal importance to the Great Pyramid and Stonehenge in that it represents a paradigm shift in humanity's approach to architecture as an expression of esoteric ideas connected to the Sacred. All three structures express those aspects of the Sacred venerated by the cultures that built them. Sacred Geometry is the common thread that runs through all three structures, and it runs through modern church, synagogue, and mosque architecture down to this day, but only as mimicry of past motifs. Mathematics, specifically Geometry, serves time and time again as a signpost to the Sacred! Ratio and proportion, time and time again, regardless of Age, defines Beauty!
  • A masterpiece. The Gothic has retained or renovated the stained glass that shine the tall chambers.
  • Fine example of gothic cathedral. If your not fit it may be a difficult walk from the bottom of the hill
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