The magnificent Cathedral of Chartres and more!

So here we are on a Friday rainy cool humid grey day in my area and high waters in many parts of France; I come to you again from my vault and early blogging back in 2011.

This time, let me tell you about Chartres; here is my post of those early days in my blog:

https://paris1972-versailles2003.com/2011/03/05/chartres-and-its-grand-cathedrale/

And for clarity this is the official site of the Cathedral: http://www.cathedrale-chartres.org/en/,143.html

A bit more on the Cathedral, a wonderful one to see and re visit.

The Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres is the best example of gothic art in France! Work on it began in 1120, but the biggest construction period took part from 1194 to 1260.  It is 130,9 meters long by 46 meters wide with a general dimension of 5 200 square meters; at the transept it is 63,3 meters and the nave height is 36,6 meters and a width of 16,4 meters!  The main façade 30 meters long has 719 statues depicting the life of Jesus most of them of Roman style. The central window and highest has a rosary (11,5 meters) a fine gallery of the 13C with niches of 15 grand statues of kings with a space with a statue of the Virgin and on top a colossal praying Christ .

The bells are impressive as well. the one on the right called the old bell is 106,5 meters high is modest with little décor but nice proportions and was finished in 1145; the other on the left called thje new bell 115,2 meters high was finished in periods of  1506-1507 and 1514, to replace the wooden bell that was burn by a lightning in 1506.

The stained glass of Chartres numbering 176, covers 1350 objects from the Old Testament and the New Testament ; from the life of Saints, martyrs, popes, bishops and priests to representation of orders with their emblems that help construct or embellish the Cathedral. As you enter the Cathedral on the left see the statue of the Black Virgin done from the 16C and greatly venerated today.

The Cathedral alone is worth the visit to Chartres, but there is more if you read my old post above. Enjoy the reading of a nice town and beautiful Cathedral of France and the world. Some photos here too. Happy travels and fun weekend. Cheers

Chartres

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2 Comments to “The magnificent Cathedral of Chartres and more!”

  1. We visited Chartres a couple of years ago and loved it. What I remember the most is the stained glass window of the Blue Virgen, as well as the painting of the Apocalypse and the magnificent wood carving of the choir: a superb work of art all round.


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