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. 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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  • Whatever you do when you’re in Chartres, make sure you turn up in the evening time to view the light show at the cathedral it is stunning the way it’s done. 
    Whatever you do when you’re in Chartres, make sure you turn up in the evening time to view the light show at the cathedral it is stunning the way it’s done.  more »
  • 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. 
    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 »
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  • What a beautiful Cathedral! We got a walk through, and admired all the beautiful glass windows. We stayed for mass, even though we did not know the language very well. It was well worth the trip from Paris.
  • I have seen this cathedral from a distance many times - to get up close to this magnificent building is incredible....there are no words!!!

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