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“Possibly the most Spectacular Cathedral in France!”
Review of Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral
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Owner description: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its high-Gothic art and architectural style.
Le Tatre, France
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“Possibly the most Spectacular Cathedral in France!”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Words completely fail me! This building is truly amazing.

I have visited dozens of times but, most recently, on the Feast of the Assumption (August 15th). Mass followed by a wonderful lunch close by followed by Vespers and an organ recital - we spent almost the whole day in the Cathedral.

Of course the stained glass is famous throughout the world - the organ is stunning - the labyrinth is wonderful!

Visited August 2012
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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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“Simply amazing!”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

Words fail when trying to describe this amazingly beautiful cathedral!!! It is a must-see if you are in France. Definitely pay to climb the tower because you get up-close views of the buttresses and gargoyles. The views from the top of the tower are incredible. If you're in France long enough, you can begin to think "oh, great, more stained glass" but Chartres surpasses all cathedrals!

Visited April 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Magnificent, lofty, large”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

The cathedral is somewhat overwhelming, with brilliant red and blue stained glass windows and a forest of soaring columns. I personally find Reims more conducive to contemplation. There are restaurants all over the square, which is helpful because the cathedral is not open during lunch time.

Visited May 2013
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“Great Cathedral Made Tawdry”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

The cathedral is amazing and impressive. But it has been cheapened by the schlocky laser light show played on the exterior at night. When we compare the night appearance of this cathedral with the night appearance of a much smaller, simpler cathedral such as the one in Sarlat, the Chartres cathedral is sorely lacking. It would be much better to install exterior lighting to highlight the dramatic structural elements at night than to offer the irreverent, tawdry light show on the surfaces of this impressive church.

Visited May 2013
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Javea, Spain
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“Amazing architecture and very beautiful,”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

Just an extraordinary structure, as my Husband is reading Pillars of the Earth I also received a comprehensive history lesson regarding the merits of the buttress's. There is a city walk at night where you follow a trail of blue lights in the ground and the holograms that are switched on at night are just incredible.

Visited April 2013
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