Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

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Address: 16 Cloitre Notre Dame, 28000 Chartres, France

Phone: +33-237215908

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:30 am - 07:30 pm Details

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About Chartres Cathedral, Chartres

They say this is one of the greatest achievements in the history of architecture. This exquisitely resolved building has housed the tunic (Sancta Camisia) of the Blessed Virgin Mary since the ninth century period - making it a leading pilgrimage center. It is a triumph of Gothic architecture. The highlights of this church are as follows:

  •  The two flying buttresses
  •  The mismatched West spires
  •  The rose windows and the nine incredibly ornate Portals
  •  A magnificent choir screen
  •  A 16th-century agriculture clock
  •  The labyrinth
  •  The beautiful stained glass windows
  •  The 105m bell tower, is that tallest still standing Romanesque steeple in the world

You can also climb the 350 steps stairs north tower, for a fee, but the view is totally worth it; access is from behind at the Cathedral  bookshop.

You may also enter the cathedral crypt for a fee but tours are guided only.

Chartres Cathedral Ticket Prices

  • Three euros to enter the crypt.
  •  €7.5 to enter the north tower.
  • Entry is free.

Chartres Cathedral Opening and Closing Hours

  •  The tower closes at 5:30 PM.
  •  Visits to the crypt are by guided tour only; the crypt is closed on Sundays and holidays.
  •  The labyrinth is open only on Fridays.

How To reach Chartres Cathedral by Public Transport

  • Get to there on foot.

Restaurants Near Chartres Cathedral

  • Le Parvis
  • Creperie La Picoterie
  • La Vieille Maison

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Chartres Cathedral, Chartres Reviews

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  • Beautiful and famous cathedral. Definitely worth a visit. The town around the cathedral is great to spend an evening strolling through and going out for dinner. In summer there are musical events in the marketplace in front of the cathedral too.

  • Definitely one of the most beautiful cathedrals I've ever been in! The front is gorgeous, but the left entrance is definitely a must-see!

  • A totally amazing and wonderful experience. The color of the stained windows is incredible. The sculpture on the entrances is exhilarating! Visit if you are in Paris, 1 hr away by train.

  • A must see. Walk the Labrynth. The stained glass stories are epic. Mary Magdalena is everywhere. This is a sacred feminine space. The gardens and outdoor Labrynth are a must see as well. Take a picnic to enjoy. The town is sweet too.

  • Definitely a must see. The town is quite charming. I love the Cathedral. There is so much history. You just think that every stone of the church might have some secret hidden behind it.

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