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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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  • I organized a tour of Chartres Cathedral with Malcolm Miller, who has been doing these tours for many years. I found his email address on the internet and set it up privately for six of us. It did not...  more »
  • A beautiful cathedral with 12th and 13th century stained glass. More than any cathedral. If you take this tour you will get to tour the crypts. Sound and light show which gives history in French and E...  more »
  • A gothic style masterpiece. We stood in awe at the soaring nave, the statue groups surrounding the choir, and the 12th century double rows of stained glass windows.A reliquary holds the veil of Mary. ...  more »
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  • Anne -Marie - you made the history & the architecture come alive with your tour of the cathedral & the lower church! Spine tingling! Learned so much. This is not a quick stop spot! Take the time to appreciate 900 years of history. It's a glorious place. Seeing on going restoration is so encouraging but may I suggest that there should be a portion left as evidence of times past. If you are interested in the Labyrinth ( definitely worth it if you can arrange your visit) it is uncovered on Fridays only & you want to walk it.
  • The cathedral is amazing. The real attraction of the city. Feel the history of the place trying to read the symbols of the sculpture and the windows. Get an audio guide if not a real guide to drive you.
  • A beautiful Cathedral. Entry is free. We visited end of April. Was not at all crowded. We took the audio guides in English and felt it was a bit boring! 😐 Do not miss the light projections if you visit Chartres between mid April and October.
  • The most incredible windows you've ever experienced, each telling a story or multiple stories. The building follows. If one could only visit one cathedral in Europe it should be Chartres.
  • Simply the best cathedral, so underrated! It's one of the top because it's well preserved, especially the glasses, all original from 13th century, amazing!