Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cathedrale de Chartres

Chartres is a town, commune and capital of the Eure-et-Loir  department in north-central France. It is located 96 km (60 mi) southwest of Paris.


Chartres is best known for its Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, widely considered to be the finest Gothic cathedral in France. Since 1979 the Cathedral has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Chartres makes a good day trip from Paris, or even for spending the night.
Either by car or by train, Chartres is an hour southwest from Paris. Train leaves from Gare Montparnasse, and a round trip is about 25 EUR. You can easily buy them in advance at Voyage SNCF.
As soon as you exit the Chartres train station you will see the cathedral's spires, and get to it in a few minutes.  


Take walks around the whole town! it is quite pittoresque and very medieval. There's even a marked "circuit touristique" to help you. Except for the main central street, which has a few shops and restaurants, the town is rather quite and intimate. The architecture really takes you back to the Middle Ages. 
Other than the cathedral you can also visit the Centre International du Vitrail a workshop-museum and cultural center devoted to stained glass art. 



Tips:

- have lunch before 14:00; after that they usually stop serving food. Worst case scenario there's a Monoprix supermarket in central Chartres (21 rue Noel Ballay); map

- this Chartres map could be useful:


2 comments:

  1. Hello guys, nice review. I'm gonna go there in june. I'd also like to visit Chantilly Castle. It's seems nice from the pictures and also close to Paris. It would be nice if you could go there and and write your experiences and impressions. Here are some sites http://www.chateaudechantilly.com/chateauchantilly/uk/index.html.
    And http://www.castles.francethisway.com/chateau-chantilly.php

    Thank you.

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  2. Hi there, sounds good! the weather is great here so pretty soon we'll visit and give a review on Chantilly also. Thanks for the tip!

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