Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

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.
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  • The light show was like nothing I have ever seen! It has music to go along with the amazing show. We stayed until it ended. It is a must see.  more »
  • Beautiful place. Lovely to look at and really enjoyed a potter through it. Lovely stained glass windows. Would recommend  more »
  • The city of Chartres has made it so difficult to get to the cathedral it is ridiculous. No signs and no directions. It’s a wonder anyone finds it. You are forced to park in underground chaos and when....  more »
  • 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.

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