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Chartres Cathedral

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Loire Valley, France.

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  • Photo of Chartres Cathedral
  • Photo of Chartres Cathedral
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Two pointed, pale grey Gothic towers pierce the air on either side of the magnificent rose window on the western side of Chartres Cathedral, and 152 beautiful stained glass windows, notable for their deep blue colour, throw cool shadows onto the labyrinthine floor. It is a glorious example of Gothic style throughout, both in terms of architecture and art, as it was not damaged during the Revolution and nothing was stolen from it. Amongst other relics and artistic gems is a tunic believed to have belonged to the Virgin Mary herself.

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Best day to see Cathedral

I have the opportunity to visit Chartres Cathedral from Paris either on a Sunday or Weds. Which day would be better? Is the cathedral actually open on a Sunday so we can go inside since they have morning masses there? Could somebody please give me the hours for a Sunday for the cathedral? Not a tour or the crypt or the tower, just the main part of the cathedral. I would be really upset to make the trip out there on a Sunday and not be able to enter the cathedral. I am leaving for Paris next week, so thanks for your prompt answer.

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Chartres is still open on Sundays, but there aren't any tours that day because of masses etc. The middle of the day would probably be the quietest if you just want to look around but it's always nice to experience a service if possible.

Chartres Cathedral

Partly built starting in 1145, and then reconstructed over a 26-year period after the fire of 1194, Chartres Cathedral marks the high point of French Gothic art. The vast nave, in pure ogival style, the porches adorned with fine sculptures from the middle of the 12th century, and the magnificent 12th- and 13th-century stained-glass windows, all in remarkable condition, combine to make it a masterpiece.

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