Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral
4.5
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its high-Gothic art and architectural style.
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1-2 hours
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aleksandarkrc
523 contributions
A master work
Oct 2020
the Cathedrale is the perfect example of the total art work.The architecture is remendously elegant, the stained windows with the famous blu of Chartres are the best preserved in Europe very window is a mater work by itself.
Written October 21, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia20,825 contributions
Triumph of the Gothic.
Oct 2019
Chartres Cathedral became one of the first UNESCO world heritage sites in 1979 in France. Its extraordinary significance is based on the stained glass Windows and the amazing preservation of the Cathedral as a whole. Of course, the first Cathedral in France dedicated to the virgin Mary survived a number of fires. The middle ages were rich in them. However, the fate of Notre-Dame de Paris shows that not only the middle ages. The Cathedral burned in 1020 and 1030. The Cathedral successfully survived the fire of 1134, which destroyed almost all of Chartres. But the fire of 1194 is not. However, the Western facade and towers survived. Residents saw this as a divine miracle. However, everything was simpler. The facade and towers were built separately from the rest of the building, so the fire could not spread to them. The consequences of the 3-day fire are visible in the asymmetry of the Cathedral. The southern 105-meter tower is still Romanesque, and the spire of the Northern tower is already in the style of flaming Gothic. It was the new Gothic architectural style that created the glory of the Cathedral, associated with its famous stained glass Windows covering an area of almost 2500 square meters. The builders of Saint-Denis carried the weight of the arch on the double flying buttresses. This is what made it possible to radically increase the window openings, which contained a huge number of stained glass Windows. 176 Windows can be viewed for a very long time. Most of them date back to the 13th century, but 3 Windows on the West facade survived the fire of 1194. Guidebooks recommend focusing on the tree of Jesse, under the West window-the rose, the window of Redemption to the left of the North window, the blue window of the virgin Mary to the left of the South window. Stained glass Windows should be read almost like Japanese characters: from left to right and from bottom to top (from the ground to the sky). Stained glass Windows were created at different times and paid for by different trade guilds, because their creation was very time-consuming. Paints, the secret of which is lost, were expensive. Because of this unity, there are no plots. In addition to the stained glass Windows and architecture of the Cathedral, you should pay attention to the floor. A circular maze laid out on the floor of the nave symbolizes Good and Evil with Paradise in the middle. The chairs in the Cathedral prevent pilgrims from crawling the entire 280-meter path on their knees as before.
Written September 14, 2020
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MirandaAsh
Godalming, UK231 contributions
Disappointed to find Labyrinth covered up and black madonna whitewashed!
Sep 2020
I love this cathedral yet it seems like every time we visit, there is always major work going on. The Labyrinth is only uncovered for people to walk on Fridays - yet every time I've gone out of my way to visit on a Friday for the last 5 years - it's been closed!! And the crypt was also closed. So frustrating! And it's also disappointing that the world famous Black Madonna of the Pillar has been painted white. I feel like what makes this incredible building special is gradually being covered up or removed. I hope that the custodians of this UNESCO gem will think again about how this building is preserved for future generations. Chartres should be a cathedral for all - not just a few believers.
Written September 7, 2020
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djmmyv
Bishops Stortford, UK43 contributions
Des
Aug 2020 • Family
Excellent examples of stain glass and possibly the tallest cathedral I have visited
The town has a free light show through summer through to September that is unmissable
Written September 3, 2020
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Marcel C
France21 contributions
What a beautiful Cathedral. The stain glass windows are as stunning as what we read about!
Aug 2020 • Couples
We have seen several cathedrals in France and this one is one of the most stunning. The stain glass windows are incredible. We also got to enjoy the laser light show at night. Fantastic!
Written August 22, 2020
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ChristinaMae
Saint-Etienne, France137 contributions
Amazing cathedral
Aug 2020 • Family
I love visiting cathedrals in France. They are just wonderful and awe inspiring.
This one is one of my favorite.
What a pretty little city
I recommend to all
Written August 21, 2020
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craigpatt
London, UK240 contributions
Lovely Cathedral
Aug 2020 • Couples
Beautiful Cathedral. Well worth a visit if you are in this part of France. The town is very well kept and the old town utterly charming.
Written August 15, 2020
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Robbert L
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,302 contributions
A must see
Aug 2020 • Couples
As the cathedrale is built on the top of a hill, it can be seen from 20 km s away. Full of history, i.a. the coronation of Henri IV - Paris vaut bien une messe. Huge and impressive. Fantastic windows.
Written August 14, 2020
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svk1201
Ettlingen, Germany277 contributions
Beautiful cathedral
Aug 2020 • Family
The Chartres Cathedral is definitely worth a visit- impressive from the outside, light, bright and beautiful from the inside. Gorgeous view from the back from the cathedral
Written August 8, 2020
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aleksandarkrc
523 contributions
a must see
Jul 2020
The perfect gothic cathedrale in France, you'll be delighted by the fine, elegant and lavish architecture, the statues are masterworks and the window....come to admire Chartres Blue.
Written July 6, 2020
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