Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral

One of the greatest achievements in the history of architecture, Chartres Cathedral is almost perfectly preserved in its original Gothic design, from its lively portal sculptures to its glowing stained glass.

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Cathedral of Our Lady in Chartres
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres
Chartres Cathedral


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Comments (1)

Gloria Boe commented on December 11, 2013:

“although it was my first visit outside Paris, I was so impressed by the beauty of the Chartes Cathedral. Most people I have talked to that have visited France over the years, none knew of the jewel of Chartes, I am so blessed that my daughter and I traveled to this beautiful town on a day trip. Almost missed the last train back to Paris, although I would not have minded that adventure.”