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Chartres Travel Guide: 203 reviews and 750 photos

Located just one hour southwest of Paris, Chartres is a charming Mediaeval city with one of France's most famous Gothic cathedrals. The city traces its roots to Celtic times, when it was a mere settlement known as Autrikon, but under the Romans, it became a more prosperous town, with a forum and temples, and was given the Latinised name Autricum. In the 4th century AD it submitted to Christianity along with the rest of the Empire and subsequently saw its first churches rise, including one on the site of the current cathedral. In the 9th century, the Chartres Cathedral received from the Holy Roman Emperor the Sancta Camisia, an important relic, which placed the city and its cathedral among the prime pilgrimage sites in Europe. However, successive invasions and fires repeatedly destroyed the structure, but it was rebuilt each time more extravagantly than the previous one. The last construction, which occurred swiftly between 1194 and 1220, left us with one of the most complete Gothic Cathedrals in Europe, one that has survived nearly intact – with most of its original stained glass windows – to the present day.

  • Last visit to Chartres: Dec 2011
  • Intro Updated Jun 11, 2012
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  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    on my to do list when i am next in Paris ;-)))

    • MM212's Profile Photo
      Dec 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      Easy and very fulfilling trip from Paris!

  • nani80's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Congratulations on Tip of the Day!
    Actually, all the tips and photos are fantastic - especially of the stained glass windows! Amazing job!
    Regards, Natasa

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    What a wealthmof magnificent mediaeval architecture Chartes possesses - beautifully depicted and described here. Thanks Momo.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Well-the timing seems right to review your recent pics and comments. We have a trip planned to this area in 2013, so thanks for the great tips and photos. The hotels are other buildings are especially ornate

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