Chartres Cathedral is a Unesco world heritage monument (details) and one of the world's most beautiful churches. In the heart of a lovely old city 90 kilometers south west from Paris, Chartres Cathedral is devoted to the Virgin Mary. It could be the mystical experience of your life. You can visit Chartres on a one day guided tour from Paris. You can also go from Paris to Chartres by train (schedule) from Gare Montparnasse (Paris map) or by car (A10 freeway).
Guided tours in english every day except Sunday at 12.00 am and 2.45pm. Check at +33 2 37 28 15 58.
Inaugurated in 1260, Chartres Cathedral marks the high point of French Gothic art with its nave (picture), porches adorned with sculptures from the middle of the 12th century (picture), and 13th-century stained-glass windows (picture). Chartres Cathedral is fortunately also well preserved.
Chartres Cathedral was not looted during the 1789 French Revolution. The restorations have not altered its beauty. Its three rose windows (picture) are originals.
Chartres Cathedral has been a major Virgin Mary pilgrimage (picture) destination since the early Middle Ages.
Chartres Cathedral is open from 8.30am. to 7.30pm. every day of the year. It is open until 10pm. on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays in July and August.
Chartres Cathedral architecture and centuries of fervent devotion make up for an atmosphere that impresses religious and non religious visitors (picture).To participate or see the Cathedral differently, go to a mass or to vespers. See mass and vesper times.
We recommend to stay overnight in Chartres: from April to September at night, there is a fabulous free light show (video) at the cathedral, Lights of Chartres. With excellent restaurants in town, a fabulous programme altogether.