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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Chartres Cathedral by using our Chartres trip generator.
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  • I visited the Cathedral in 2012... The Interior renovation is breathtaking! Whether the stained glass, the nave choir everything is Grand sublime poignant with the organ playing... we couldn't make the tour and it's a shame but I had seen the show on the cathedrals and that helps a lot. Even for those who are not or little believing c a mystical place as steeped in the faith of those who built it!
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  • Didn't seem that big Cathedral and enters in a solemn atmosphere in the stained-glass windows were exceptional, beautiful,. Pipe organ is significantly higher, so I overlooked. Reminiscent of the birth of Christ, the room is lit up, it clashed with the. Have had roads to get into the Cathedral of Chartres, snowflake print. Is bought in coin medals, engraved in 2016. Unfortunately. No wonder 1 yuro was cheaper.
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  • The Cathedral is incredible. There is incredibly much to discover. After the restoration, this Cathedral is wonderfully light and positive mood.
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  • Definitely a must see. The town is quite charming.
  • It's A huge Building, special in Glasses Art ,amazing location, many Restaurants around and a view for city .
  • Came to walk the labyrinth. Not interested in the rest. Labyrinth covered up by cheap wooden chairs. What a dissapointment.
  • Went here early June, 2016. I opted to climb the cathedral spire. There wasn't much of a rail one could firmly grasp. There is a rope on the inside, but it's hard to grab with your hand. Other than that, I almost fell down about 200 stairs. 10/10, would climb again.
  • incredibly beautiful. love it very much