Chartres
photo by Ed Ogle

Chartres Cathedral Facts

People sometimes think of Gothic architecture as dark and sombre, but that is not the way that the original architects and masons saw their work. Cathedrals were originally intended as a way of gaining a glimpse of paradise on earth. They were designed to be ethereal buildings, temples of light.

Chartres Cathedral is already unique in several ways. It was completed in just 30 years.
Unlike most other cathedrals, it has never been extensively rebuilt, and has retained 80 per cent of its original stained glass.

It emerged in 1989 that, unlike any other Gothic cathedral, the original medieval internal decor had been preserved beneath layers of 19th-century white-wash and grime.

 Chartres Cathedral

Quick Facts

Date of UNESCO inscription:

1979

Length:

130 meters

 Width:

32 meters

Height of nave:

37m

Width of nave:

16.4m

Height of NW tower:

113m

Height of SW tower:

 105m

Chartres Cathedral

Architecture
The Old Building
The cathedral before 1194
The cathedral after 1194
Sculpture
Royal Portal Sculpture
Transepts
Stained glass