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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  • A very impressive structure and well preserved in all areas and details. We did not expect this splendor and enjoyed the approximately one hour visit. Missing "tourist crowds" made it particularly relaxed. This left enough time to get involved in the fantastic windows. For (through)travelers a must.
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  • This old cathedral in a medieval city has just been renovated. On foot, reaching this church is a decent climb. When it gets dark the old town is so also this beautiful church illuminated. You must have seen once
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  • 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.
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