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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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  • Wonderful stained glass. Awesome (used in its original meaning) I stood with gaping mouth until my better half shook me out of the stupor.  more »
  • You see from a distance, through the Beauce region to go to the city. To do in feet if you take the time... It was immediately struck by the hundreds, probably thousands of characters in stone: the royal portal is remarkable. The stained glass windows are superb. See especially our Lady-of-the-beautiful-canopy. A mosaic copy is in the Church of the Nativity at Nazareth, where she "represents" the France; are tables carved the closing of the choir are the pages of a book of stone. They are in rehabilitation, but a few have been cleaned and allow to admire the finesse of this work. And if you have time, see the crypt, long close to 200 m. .
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  • Cathedral heritage of Unesco and it is deserved. The most beautiful of France. Rich place.
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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