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NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

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In the middle of wheat fields, like a sea of gold caressed by the sun and the wind, rise the asymmetrical bell towers of Chartres cathedral. Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, it shines beyond the borders. Notre-Dame de Chartres is both a place of worship and an architectural masterpiece. Often destroyed by fire, and always rebuilt with the same magnificence, the cathedral has survived the centuries and wars. With its architecture blending Romanesque and Gothic styles, Chartres Cathedral is full of secrets, and to give you a glimpse of its history, engraved in Berchères stone, the diocese organizes highly instructive guided tours. Even today, it is being renovated, inside and out. But one can still admire the many elements of this cathedral which is one of the beautiful representatives of Gothic architecture, notably :

Its sculptures of unprecedented finesse, which constitute the largest set of sculptures of this period and are in an exceptional state of preservation. The nine portals surrounding the cathedral are guarded by sculptures in Lutecian limestone imported from the quarries of Paris. They represent great figures of the Christian faith, whose faces and the drapery of their clothes seem to come to life. These figures with striking details re-enact scenes from the New and Old Testaments.

Its stained glass windows, whose luminous blue color has made Chartres famous. Like the sculptures, the magnificent stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral are among the most complete of the medieval period. In total, this set occupies a gigantic surface of 2 600 m². Mainly executed in the 13th century, between 1210 and 1250, it is remarkably well preserved. The three windows above the Royal Portal date from an earlier period, since they were executed between 1145 and 1155. During the two world wars, the precious stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral were dismantled and placed in a safe place. First in the crypt, then, as the German troops approached, the boxes of stained glass were transported to the castle of Fongrenon, in the Dordogne, where they were hidden in underground quarries.

Its crypt of incredible dimensions. Named after the bishop of Chartres who ordered the construction of a new building after the cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1020, Fulbert's crypt is the third largest in the world. With its 230 m length, it is also the largest in France. It is composed of several chapels that invite the visitor to meditation, and it gives to see wall paintings dating from several periods. The choir of the cathedral hides another crypt from an earlier period, probably built in the 9th century by the Carolingian church and called the Saint-Lubin crypt.

Its circular labyrinth. This geometrical figure made in the 12th century is located in the center of the nave, between the3rd and4th bays. The labyrinth is often hidden by chairs, so don't miss this emblem of Chartres cathedral. It evokes Greek mythology and is probably inspired by the legend of the Minotaur. Composed of 272 white slabs of Berchères stone, it invites the visitor to make a pilgrimage inside the cathedral. It can also be perceived as a meditative journey evocative of human existence.

The "Veil of the Virgin", a holy relic that King Charles the Bald, grandson of Charlemagne, donated to the cathedral in 876. Also known as the "Holy Shirt", this silk veil is said to have been worn by Mary at the Annunciation. This precious relic is now preserved behind a magnificent gilded glass case. Inaugurated with great fanfare in October 2020, the reliquary created by the designer Hubert Le Gall reveals the Virgin's Veil through a sublime scenography. Adorned with stained glass and bearing the blue of Chartres, Le Gall's showcase meets two major constraints: to highlight the relic while preserving it from the assaults of time.

Following a vow made while his son was ill, the writer Charles Péguy undertook a pilgrimage on foot from Paris to Chartres on June 14, 1912. After his death in 1914, his friends chose to follow in his footsteps by meditating on his poems. The student pilgrims are more and more numerous. The Cardinal of Paris, Monsignor Verdier, gave his consent to a student, a companion of Saint Francis, who organized times of sharing called chapters. From then on, pilgrimages would take place every year, even during the war. In 1991, Father Soubrier, the bishop who accompanied the Student Mission, created a new formula for pilgrimages, now taking place on Palm Sunday. It gave more responsibility to the students in the organization. The World Youth Days in Paris in 1997 and especially in 2000 gave a new dynamic to the pilgrimage, which now began with a walk from Paris. Numerous traditional hostels welcome pilgrims, including the former Maison Saint-Yves (1, rue Saint Éman - Tel.: 02 37 88 37 40 - www.maison-st-yves.com), which used to welcome pilgrims from Chartres and has become a traditional hostel.

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No visits during the offices. Opening until 10pm from June to August, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday in the setting of the “Evenings differently”. See schedule of the guided tours on the website. Free for under 7-year-olds. Guided tour of the cathedral: €7 by adult, €5 in reduced rate; crypt: €4 by adult, €3 in reduced rate. Ticket duet: €9 by adult, €6 in reduced rate. Guided tour of the circuit: €6 by adult, €5 in reduced rate. Guided tour (from April 1st to October 31st at 10.30am (except Sunday and Monday) and 3pm. From November 1st to March 31st: at 2.30pm every day). Rental audioguide from €3.20.

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rabelais18
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je la pensais plus jolie
comparée à celle du Mans, elle est moins majestueuse. Classée, elle mérite une visite par la beauté des vitraux, ses sculptures. Mais le meilleur reste les illuminations, à ne pas manquer.
P..lo
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Visited in august 2021
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Une Merveille!!
Une véritable merveille qui mérite des heures de visite. Les vitraux sont superbes et les couleurs incroyables: Classée justement patrimoine UNESCO
fox66
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Visited in september 2019
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Cathédrale
Classée au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco, à voir de jour comme de nuit,de début avril à mi octobre, avec le spectacle Chartres en lumière, plus de 20 scénographies sur les bâtiments emblématiques de la ville.
La Cathédrale est remarquable par la conservation de ses sculptures, vitraux et dallages.
Ne pas manquer le labyrinthe dans le pavage au niveau des premières travées.
stfstf
5/5
Visited in september 2019
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Superbe
Très belle édifice. à faire absolument :la visite des clocher avec un guide qui vous donnera de nombreux détails sur la cathédrale et son histoire. Superbes Vitraux.
Marik
5/5
Visited in july 2019
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superbe
Superbe cathédrale, à ne pas manquer les illuminations sur la façade (son et lumière) extraordinaire et profiter pour faire la petite visite en train en soirée et profiter de toutes les illuminations de la ville
georgetta
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Visited in june 2019
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L'une des plus belles cathédrales au monde !
Nous avons été complètement séduits par cette sublime cathédrale, haut lieu spirituel, avec une architecture majestueuse et un intérieur de grande beauté.
Tripgourmande
5/5
Visited in january 2019
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Majestueux
Un monument superbe des anecdotes historiques un guide au top
Rock76
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Visited in november 2018
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Superbe cathedrale, joyau de cette ville qui ne manque d ailleurs pas de charme. Visible de loin avant d arriver a chartres, elle merite le detour.
al355
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Visited in october 2018
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Une cathédrale superbe, le contraste entre les parties rénovées et celles qui restent à faire permet de se rendre compte du travail énorme qui a donné naissance à ce magnifique batiment. Une visite impérative si vous passez par Chartres. A noter qu'en soirée la cathédrale est illuminées.
miragesc
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Visited in august 2018
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Magnifique de jour et de nuit
De jour, sublime cathédrale avec des fresques en dentelle de pierre dont une belle partie restaurée et des vitraux exceptionnels (allez y lorsqu'il y a du soleil c'est mieux)

La nuit, jusqu'en octobre les illuminations sur les différentes façades (nord sud etc...) sont magiques à ne surtout pas manquer une merveille.
Nathalie45
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Visited in february 2018
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Beau monument avec ses toits verts que l'on voit de loin. Plus on rentre dans le centre ville, on la perd de vue et la retrouvons dans une autre rue sous un autre angle. A l'intérieur, bel autel, beaux vitraux sans oublier la magnifique orgue.
CHATAIGNE 48
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Visited in may 2018
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La cathédrale est un lieu de pèlerinage vers Saint Jacques de Compostelle depuis très longtemps.
On pénètre à l'intérieur de l'édifice en empruntant l'une des 3 entrées : le portail royal, le portail sud ou le portail nord.
L'édifice à été construit à l'emplacement d'anciennes églises et a vu le jour en 1260.
a ne pas manquer à l'intérieur : le labyrinthe de Chartres, le choeur, le voile de la Vierge et la crypte. Le seul roi de France célèbre à avoir été couronné dans la cathédrale fut Henry IV.
mamyhuguette
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Visited in april 2018
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Il y a 3O ans, j'ai vu une cathédrale sombre, plafond presque invisible... En cette fête de Pâques, elle m'est apparue comme une révélation ! Les travaux de restauration montrent à la fois la taille impressionnante de la nef, sa hauteur mais aussi tous les détails de ses sculptures, de ses gigantesques colonnes resablées par un fin sable venu du Perche tout proche. Une pure merveille qui fait ressortir ses incomparables vitraux .Contournez le chœur et des scènes de la vie du Christ apparaissent. Si réelles qu'on les identifie sans guide. Le gothique flamboyant y déroule ses dentelles de pierre d'un blanc lumineux. L'atmosphère chaleureuse et intime à la fois est bouleversante. A voir et revoir !
raphaele66
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Visited in march 2018
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Magnifique. On la voit de loin en arrivant sur Chartres et on ne peut qu'aller s'y recueillir. Ses vitraux son magnifique et hétéroclites. Une richesse exceptionnelle à l'intérieur. je n'ai pas eu la chance de faire son labyrinthe car la messe de pâques était en préparation mais je reviendrai.
panpan2000
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Visited in april 2018
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vu une 1ere fois il y a 30ans, que de changement...

l'église est en plein 'nettoyage' de ses pierres . d'un interieur sombre entre gris et noir on arrive avec un blanc nacré. . magnifique ... mais quel travail...

cathédrale immense avec des vitraux magnifique ayant le fameux "bleu de chartres". ai particulièrement apprécié le vitrail avec les signes du zodiaque.

cet édifice contient également une relique: un voile ayant appartenu à la Vierge Marie.

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