Chartes Cathedral is one of the most spectacular and famous places in France. Mostly constructed between 1193 and 1250, this Gothic cathedral is in an exceptional state of preservation. The majority of the original stained glass windows survive intact, while the architecture has seen only minor changes since the early 13th century. Famous places in France.
Chartres Cathedral is a Unesco world heritage monument and one of the world's most beautiful churches. In the heart of a lovely old city 90 kilometers south west from the capital city, Chartres Cathedral is devoted to the Virgin Mary. It could be the mystical experience of your life. You can go from Paris to Chartres by train (check train schedules and buy tickets) from Gare Montparnasse (map) or by car (A10 freeway).
From Easter until late October, there are interesting guided tours in English every day except Sunday at 12.00 am and 2.45pm. All tours leave from the gift shop inside the north tower of the cathedral. Guided tours are not given during services. Check at +33 (0)2 37 21 75 02.
Chartres Light Show has become one of the major events in the city, through its spectacular night tour, and reveals monuments and major attractions highlighted and put in music. The Lights of Chartres event has been animating the city for the past 14 years. The first Celebration of Light took place in 2002 and quickly became one of the city's most remarkable events, attracting tourists from around the world. Approximately one million visitors are expected each year.
24 sites of this beautiful city are illuminated each night: Notre Dame Cathedral, the old Episcopal Palace, churches, bridges, wash houses at the edge of the Eure river, the library, streets and squares of the upper town. Web site.
Inaugurated in 1260, Chartres Cathedral marks the high point of French Gothic art with its nave, porches adorned with sculptures from the middle of the 12th century, and 13th-century stained-glass windows. 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 are originals. Chartres Cathedral has been a major Virgin Mary pilgrimage 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. With excellent restaurants in town, a fabulous program altogether.