France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Chartres, France Guide
La cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres is not as famous as Notre-Dame de Paris, but many think it is even more beautiful. You can see it easily in a day from Paris.

 


 

 

Chartres, a town 96 km (61 miles) southwest of Paris (map), has one of Europe's finest Gothic cathedrals, well worth an easy day-trip from Paris.

  Stained Glass Window, Cathedral, Chartres, France
  Stained glass is brilliant...

The Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Chartres is beloved deeply by those who know it because of its harmonious pure Gothic architecture, its splendid stained-glass windows, and its medieval floor maze.

Twenty trains per day depart Paris's Gare Montparnasse for Chartres (pronounced SHART). The trip takes about an hour each way. More...

Plan your trip for a sunny day (consult Weather.com for a forecast) so you can see the cathedral's stained glass windows to best effect.

It's a short (10-minute) walk uphill from the gare (train station) to the cathedral by way of the town's main square, where there are public toilets.

The Office du Tourisme, in front of the cathedral, provides maps and guidance.

Behind the cathedral, Chartres's Musée de Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum) is lodged in the former mansion of the bishops. A nice park between the museum and the cathedral offers fine views of the town.

A dozen restaurants (such as the cute Le Pichet) provide sustinence: Turkish kebaps on the street from the gare, traditional French cuisine near the Office du Tourisme, and sidewalk cafés next to the cathedral.


Cathedral de Chartres

Stained Glass Windows

Trains to Chartres

Day-trips from Paris

Paris Transport

Excursions from Paris

Paris Transportation

About Paris

 

 

Cathedrale de Chartres, France

La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres.

 

   
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