Chartres Cathedral

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Chartres Cathedral
is special

This magnificent medieval Gothic cathedral in France has nearly 200 bright-hued stained glass windows dating back to the 12th and 13th Centuries.

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Renowned windows

The huge roseate windows (see photo) above the cathedral's main entrances are particularly spectacular and justifiably world famous.

Flying buttresses

The extensive windowing would have been impossible were it not for the newfound flying buttress construction method. It lowered the load-bearing responsibilities of the Chartres Cathedral walls, allowing them to be taller and full of sizeable holes for the windows


The outdoor sculptures of Chartres are almost as famous as the stained glass windows. They adorn the edifice's exterior around the doorways.

Day tripping

Most visitors come from Paris on day tours. This wonder is located in its namesake city, Chartres, just about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Paris.

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