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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 beauty and extraordinary brightness, this place is conducive to meditation. For those who want to live a powerful inner experience walking the labyrinth is exceptional. (available only on Fridays)
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  • Beautiful Cathedral under renovation. The renovated part is sumptuous. We did the tour of the North Tower € 5.50 and 300 step up but what a reward when it comes to Summit have a view over the city of Chartres at 360 °. It is physical because the next day we still had calves guarding memories.
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  • A superb cathedral that n has not finished to reveal its secrets labirynte Architecture and large-scale architecture I wonder if we come to Charter for its Cathedral, or if it comes to the Cathedral by what we're in Chartres
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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