Mostly built between 1194 and 1220, Our Lady of Chartres is a magnificent Gothic cathedral, one of the best preserved in France. With its striking architecture and flying buttresses, its hundreds of sculptures, its remarkable ensemble of stain glass windows – including “Notre Dame de la Belle Verrière”, world famous for its unique blue – its intriguing labyrinth, it is considered as “the high point of French Gothic art” and a “masterpiece”.
It has been attracting numerous pilgrims since the 12th century, pilgrims who still come to venerate its relic, the tunic of the Virgin. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
You can also take some time for a stroll in the old town, to discover the half-timbered houses.
Located about 50 miles South-West of Paris, this is a 1/2 day excursion.