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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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  • A measure of the progress of the work of cleaning and Interior restoration, already well advanced, it is incomparable. Formerly dark and gloomy, it becomes bright and transcendent. Approach of culture or faith, this visit cannot leave you without emotion.
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  • A nice visit do not need a lot of time! The renovations are at the height of the masterpiece just too bad it lacks some explanations for some interesting sculptures.
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  • I had the chance to be in Chartres for the launch of the illuminations and the Cathedral was even more beautiful.
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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