Chartres Cathedral, built of limestone, is around 34 m high and 130 m long internally. It has a four-bay choir with double aisles and a double ambulatory with six radiating chapels, of which three are shallow and three, reflecting the surviving crypt chapels, are deeper.
The transepts have three bays with east and west aisles; the six-bay nave has single aisles and a western block with two towers.
The elevation is three storeyed, with piliers cantonnés for the main piers, a narrow triforium and a clerestory that was unprecedently high.
Prior to the current gothic cathedral, there was another church standing on the current site….
Apart from Fulbert’s crypt the earliest part of the Chartres Cathedral is the west end….
The damage inflicted by the fire of 1194 is hard to assess today, although contemporary…