Chartres, France: Pure Gothic Cathedral

published 6 years ago by Rick Steves

A great side trip from Paris is the city of Chartres — and its famous cathedral, arguably Europe’s best example of pure Gothic architecture. It was built quickly, so the cathedral has a unity of architecture, statuary, and stained glass that captures the spirit of the Age of Faith like no other church. At, you'll find money-saving travel tips, small-group tours, guidebooks, TV shows, radio programs, podcasts, and more on this destination.

Another great side trip from Paris marked by another glorious building this one dedicated to god rather than some king or noble is the city of short. Here we see not the extravagance of rich elite. But the extravagance of medieval pie. A site which for centuries hardened through bleary spirits have approaching pilgrim. To this day visitors come to shark to see its cathedral and they find that the city itself is a delight and where every horn chart its massive cathedral seems to loom over head. For over 800 years the church has attracted travelers and inspired those who visit. The earlier church burned in 1194 it was rebuilt so quickly and lavishly that it has a much appreciated unity of architecture. Statuary stained glass. It captures the spirit of the thirteenth century the so called age of faith like no other church. The architecture ...

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