Notre-Dame de Chartres

“It is impossible to find a place with more reverence for the Virgin Mary than Chartres, France. The cathedral dedicated to her, Notre-Dame de Chartres, begun in 1195, is the epitome of Gothic architecture and is known as the jewel of France. Considered one of the greatest complete masterpieces of Europe, it has inspired a host of mystics, writers and artists. The great architectural and artistic innovations manifested in the building of this cathedral created a giant leap forward in the worlds of art and architecture. They were developed with a miraculous intuition inspired by adoration of the Mother of God, the patroness of Chartres.”– from “Holy Places: Sacred Sites in Catholicism”.

The cathedral lords over the Medieval city:

The numerous jamb statues; the saints welcome in the pilgrim:

The Sancta Camisa, tunic of the Blessed Mother, which, kept at Chartres after it was given by Charlemagne, miraculously survived a great fire:


3 Responses to “Notre-Dame de Chartres”

  1. Diana Says:

    Lovely! Chartres is such an amazing place. Did you know that we have a treasure in the US that is equally stunning, albeit not as old? The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ, is said to be in the tradition of Chartres, rivaling it’s beauty. You should check it out! (we have photos of it here: It’s an amazing treasure.
    By the way, I just noticed you added me to your links! What an honor. Thank you so much! I’ve been meaning to add you all to my site, as well. I’ll let you know when I do.

  2. Cromagnum Says:

    This has me singing:
    Chartres sonne, Chartres t’appelle !
    Gloire, honneur au Christ-Roi !

    The refrain of the song sung every year by the tens of thousands of pilgrims to Chartres the weekend after Ascension Thursday. After a gruelling two and half day walk from Paris, the splendour of the moment is carried in wavies of banners, lifted on songs, reflected off the centuries old glass, and is echoed by the Saints themselves. The Shrine of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary truly is a treasure of the Church.

    The song is over here

  3. e klinges Says:

    beautiful and inspiring

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