Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

4.7
Must see · World heritage site · Church · Tourist Spot
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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Chartres Cathedral
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Chartres Cathedral reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
4,888 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Chartres Cathedral became one of the first UNESCO world heritage sites in 1979 in France. Its extraordinary significance is based on the stained glass Windows and the amazing preservation of the...  more »
  • I love this cathedral yet it seems like every time we visit, there is always major work going on. The Labyrinth is only uncovered for people to walk on Fridays - yet every time I've gone out of my...  more »
  • Excellent examples of stain glass and possibly the tallest cathedral I have visited The town has a free light show through summer through to September that is unmissable  more »
Google
  • Incredible cathedral with great original stained glass and stone work. Stunning first century relic "Veil of the Virgin", we had no idea was there. Stop and visit ASAP!
  • Oh my! Where to start. This town is just so pretty, whatever time of year you visit....but in the summer is the added bonus of the wonderful light show at the Cathedral. If you are travelliing through, this is a very enjoyable stop.
  • Fabulous Gothic Cathedral! A welcomed short train ride outside Paris’ hustle and bustle. The relaxed pace of Chartes should be a strategic stop in your visit to the “City of Light.”
  • Simply spectacular. Almost entirely cleaned and renovated. They are even replacing stained glass windows that were destroyed in WW II! (extensive notes exist that allow them to recreate the originals)
  • A gothic architectural gem. Requires a train ride from Paris. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Initial construction from 1145 and completed in 1220. Contains the famed Chartres Cathedral labyrinth. Exquisite tympanum, monumental screen, and sculpture. Recently underwent extensive restoration beginning in 2009.

Plan your trip to Chartres

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Hidden gems in Chartres

4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Chartres

4.3
Duration: 3 hours
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Popular things to do in Chartres

See all ›
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Chartres

4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Chartres

4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Chartres

4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
2.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Plans to Chartres Cathedral by other users

14 days in Paris BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: January, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 32 days in Europe BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 15 days in Paris BY A USER FROM INDIA September, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 15 days in France, Spain & Portugal BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Eure-et-Loir BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 57 days in Centre-Val de Loire BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 36 days in France BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 32 days in Europe BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, hidden gems Preferences: August Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 30 days in Paris BY A USER FROM INDIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in Rouen BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 5 days in Blois, Tours & Chartres BY A USER FROM LUXEMBOURG August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, relaxing, romantic, historic sites Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans