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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fantastic experience in this church! So many candles, history and beautiful architecture.

Very moving tribute to WW1 soldiers as you enter.

So many chances to light a candle. Absolutely stunning inside and out. The stained glass windows are beautiful. I bought a book from the shop explaining them all.

Thank saraj910
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I knew of this famous cathedral but I just didn't understand how beautiful it was going to be until I got there. I'm not a religious person, but I was brought to tears. That says it all.

Thank 333meg
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Chartres Cathedral is a Catholic church located in Chartres, France, about 50 miles southwest of Paris. Constructed between 1194 and 1220, the cathedral is a prototype for Gothic architecture, with pointed arches, flying buttresses to reinforce the height of the walls, and ribbed vaulting to allow the arches to bear more weight. These architectural features transformed the appearance of medieval cathedrals into buildings that were higher, wider and lighter than previous churches.

I went to Chartres because I wanted to walk the labyrinth in the cathedral and see “Chartres en Lumieres,” the sound and light show that illuminated the cathedral and other buildings in Chartres at night. The Chartres labyrinth, made of ancient recycled stones, was created in 1205. It has an eleven-circle design, and it takes up the whole width of the main nave (52 feet). Its path is 858 feet long and becomes mesmerizing as you walk the winding path. The chairs from the nave are removed on Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. On the day I was there, there were at least ten people waiting for an elderly man and woman to remove chairs from the labyrinth just before 10 am.

The labyrinth was used for devotional walks by the monks, and pilgrims used to walk along it on their knees as a form of repentance. Once you start walking the labyrinth, it takes you a surprisingly long time to maneuver its twists and turns and forces you to be mindful of the path you are taking. Some people walked the labyrinth slowly but steadily, and others walked it very slowly, as if in a thrall.

It is believed that powerful telluric (electromagnetic) energies flow beneath this cathedral. The Druids, pre-Christian priests of Britain and Gaul, believed that this was a place where spiritual energy emanates from underground. I was hoping that somehow the telluric forces under Chartres would enhance my labyrinth experience, but that was probably an unrealistic expectation inspired by the mystique of Chartres.

Thank BeckyBooBird
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful gothic cathedral with its own history. I found that the details inside were pretty and the labyrinth plan was amazing (including the garden).

Thank Seera
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to catch the last night of Chartres’s dramatic summer light festival as projected on major monuments. Computerized light and sound show mesmerized!

Thank Windowtotheworld
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacular. One of the very best Gothic cathedrals anywhere in Europe - must visit during daylight hours to see the astonishing stained glass at its best, must go to a service to appreciate what the building is there for, and must return in the evening for the astonishing light shows played onto the exterior.

Thank Roger L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very lovely cathedral, and it is the central part of the Chartres light show, a fantastic light show presented every evening in Chartres.

Thank sssteveg
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stumbled upon the amazing laser light and sound show after dinner our first night there. Simply mind-blowing and inspiring. Show appears on three of the walls of the cathedral. Went back the next day to gape at the wonderful stained glasswork inside.

Thank chefvogts
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cathedral is a not-to-be-missed site when visting Cartres. It is easily accessible; parking is nearby.

Thank BellFamily2017
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful Cathedral with so much history. What a privilege to see the cloth Mother Mary gave birth to Jesus in.
The stain glass paintings were magnifique.

Quaint small town nice to walk around.

Thank DJGokarn
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