Just one word: Wow! I had already entered dozens of French cathedrals, but this is awesome ... Going to Chartres, with the flat horizon, and seeing it on the horizon the two steeples rising upwards gives a feeling that is confirmed when one enters the city and goes towards the building ... Impressive! In addition to being big and high, which in itself is remarkable, I was also left admiring the fine sculptures adorning the facades and both interior corridors ... Not to mention the windows and the stories they tell (I advise a guide book, or someone who gives you explanations). They have recently renovated part of the interior, leaving the walls as white as the wings of an angel! ;)
On our way to Paris, the last stop was the small town of Chartres, an old town with a typical French Gothic Cathedral and lonely streets. At night, the city offered a light show. Some of the most emblematic buildings of the city were painted nice light effects and illustrated with pictures of animals, pictures of Alphonse Mucha and Klimt, and even a little animation.
Since everything was built of wood in that time, everything was burnt. Thus, this magnificent church, founded in the year 400, had to be rebuilt in the 16th century. Its original interior with its colourful paintings on the columns and arches, as well as its spectacular roof, attract a lot of attention. There is also a magnificent old organ and antique stained glass windows. This, together with the church of Saint Pierre, is well worth a visit on the cathedral tour.
The abbey structure has survived to our time, and was formerly surrounded by the city walls. The abbey was affected by fires and lootings, and so, in the tenth century, the bell tower was added to serve as a refuge. The current Gothic building dates from XII and XIII, stand inside their windows and archaeological remains stand ot. This is the second most important church in the city after the famous Chartres cathedral.
Located next to the cathedral, in the magnificent Bishop's Palace with its beautiful gardens, this museum exhibits collections of paintings, from Primitives walls up to the 19th century. In the basement you can see sculptures, a variety of decorative, religious objects, including some archaeological ones. The new rooms also house the modern art museum.
The day was quite dark and rainy, however, despite the low light level and the appalling weather, inside Chartres Cathedral, the stained glass was majestic, especially those dedicated to the symbols of the horoscope. The glass was constructed specifically for the region's poor weather and different seasons.
This old wooden building with lattice is located a few meters from the cathedral. Here many exhibitions devoted to medieval art, since Chartres and its cathedral are the capital and emblem of this art. The restoration of this building has allowed the observation of the medieval cellar or the rafters. It's not to be confused with the school, which is opposite the cathedral. Prices: € 4.