Found project: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres


    Project : Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres

    Language variant : Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres

    Architect : n/a

    Completion: 1260

    Locality : Chartres

    Country : France

    Building style : Gothic

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    Description :

    Now we see clearly the Church’s stained-glass windows, which are the most abundant, and the greatest in the world. You get an idea of the quantity of the paintings when you know that they cover 125 large windows, three large rosettes, 35 moderate and 12 small. They have a total of 3 889 characters, and they are almost all painted in 1200’s. A dim light penetrates through them into the church, which varies occurring the different positions of the sun, and it creates very beautiful colour impressions in different parts of the church.

    Palola, Katri ja Eino: Huoleton retki läpi Ranskan, Karisto Oy, 1937, pp. 68–70.


    There is a countless amount of cathedrals in Europe and many of them are in some way unique, but among all of them, Chartres is a chapter of its own after all. Reims has the architecture and sculpture, but no windows; Sainte Chapelle in Paris has architecture and windows, but not sculpture. The world’s only church where the three main elements of a Gothic cathedral join together purely and completely, is the cathedral of Chartres.

    Schildt, Göran: Toivematka, Otava, 1996, p. 159.

    Ed. and transl. Katriina Puputti



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    Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski

    Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres
    Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres
    Image © Arto Kuorikoski