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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  • Don't miss this wonderful Cathedral of Notre Dame in Chartres. It is a totally amazing feat of architecture, sculpture, engineering and story-telling. It deserves the high accolades and superior reput...  more »
  • Chartres Cathedral is at night during the summer, and new appearance. Cathedral begins projection mapping on the stage. It was a work of seeing the fine Cathedral to projection mapping that mismatch it might. Do any points of interest around the Cathedral and Cathedral was best. Worth a look is!
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  • One of the first Gothic cathedrals of the interior of France, is only 1 hour's drive from Paris. Its stained-glass Windows are splendid! Were removed during World War II to avoid damage. In crypta is the relic of the piece of the robe of the Virgin Mary. The crypta only open in the afternoon and at specific times. There are underground car parks in the vicinity and the plates indicate the amount of slots.
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  • An amazing visit. Chartres is such a beautiful city. The cathedral is one of carefully executed works which depict the awesome powers of creativity. Each touch of man on this edifice is meticulously laid out. From interior to exterior this cathedral is soon amazing. The crypt was a bit cold because I visited in spring but maybe it could b warm in winter. It has also many amazing things to see. The entry and guided tour of the crypt is not free. But just a small fee.
  • Wonderful and amazing cathedral. You can easily spend a few hours in there. When you exit you will leave with inner peace. Whether you are religious or not, it is impossible not to be astonished and full of gratefulness that mankind can create such beautiful creations.
  • Beautiful Cathedral. Oldest original stained glass windows among the Cathedrals in France! During World War II many churches and cathedrals had their stained glass (and more) destroyed. The cathedral is currently undergoing an interior restoration. It's interesting to see the work in progress, the before and after, side by side. Access is currently a bit difficult by car. We had to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up the now pedestrian roads. We parked at St. Pierre Church, also under restoration, and walked uphill.
  • This is truly a stunning cathedral. After a while, all the churches in Europe start to blend together, but the stained glass on this one sets it apart. We enjoyed a guided tour and explanation of the building and grounds from a historian of the cathedral who’s worked there for decades. Do yourself a favor and schedule a tour as well before coming down!
  • Traveled here with a children's choir on a little tour of France in summer 2013. They gave a brief impromptu performance inside the cathedral - sounded great! Beautiful place to walk around
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