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Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

Categories: Churches, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • This cathedral is a must see if you are in the area. Chartres us an easy dsy trip from Paris. This is one of more than one hundred churches dedicated to Mary and is a great one to see. I followed a se...  read more »
  • A stunning building in a wonderful setting in the centre of this old city. All of the things you expect with a medieval building of this type and with good restaurants all around. At night the cathedr...  read more »
  • Found the light show by accident but this was amazing. Set to music and its a spectacle which you really have to see to believe. Only available April - October well worth seeing. Other buildings withi...  read more »
  • 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.
  • The cathedral is gorgeous, but there was a bit of construction going on when we visited. The labyrinth in the nave of the cathedral is one of the noteworthy points at 42' across, and if you time your visit to a time when it is not covered with seating, you can walk the labyrinth in the same manner as the pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago have done for centuries. It's an easy day trip from Paris, and its not overrun with tourists (at least it wasn't when we visited), so it's much easier to take your time and marvel at the art and architecture.
  • Beautiful cathedral. Currently being restored, which means the old stones are being covered with new plaster and seems a tad odd to me.
  • Stopped in Chartres enroute to the south of France just to stretch our legs. Found this Cathedral while walking around. Would have given 5 stars, but there was building work and scaffolding so some parts were closed. Worth a visit to kill 30 mins or so.
  • The most ghetto cathedral in all of Paris. I felt right at home with my ghetto blasta blaring rap music.
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