Our Lady of Chartres
Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral is one of the most visited tourist destinations in France. It is a monument of religious art with many different aspects to discover: architecture that became a model for great Gothic cathedrals, an exceptional ensemble of stained-glass windows from the 12th and 13th centuries - the largest amount in the world, and three outstanding sculpted portals where “medieval thought becomes visible”.
Here you will find information to prepare your visit:
Guided tours are offered every day of the year for individuals and upon reservation for groups. The Visitor Welcome Center (Service Accueil-Visites) will help make the cathedral come alive.
An on-line exploration of the cathedral is useful for teachers, students, amateur artists and inquiring minds. It offers a history of the cathedral as well as numerous commentated images on all subjects: architecture, stained-glass windows, sculpture.
A 360° vision of the cathedral will give you the impression that you are walking through its doors.
An ‘alternative’ database: other ways of observing the cathedral, offered by photographers, artists and historians. Chartres Cathedral is a monument that is forever ‘renewing itself’.
" A masterpiece of human creative genius. Constructed rather quickly and completed almost all at once, Chartres Cathedral, through the unity of its architecture and decoration, contains the total and achieved expression of one of the most unanimous aspects of Christian Middle Ages ".
UNESCO World Heritage List Ruling – motif 1 / 1979