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  • 1 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    16 Cloître Notre-Dame F - 28000 Chartres

    4,000 sculpted people, 5,000 in the stained glass windows, built following the fire which ravaged the previous building in 1194, teeming with details, such that a single visit, no matter, how long can only give a brief overview! The two tall spires a..

  • 2 St Peter's Church of Chartres Interesting

    Religious buildings

    r. St-Pierre F - 28000 Chartres

    This is the Gothic Church from the old Benedictine abbey of St-Père-en-Vallée. The clock tower door dates from a pre-Roman building. In the arches to the right of the chancel the oldest stained-glass windows depict in hieratic forms people from the O..

  • 3 Compa Interesting

    Museums and art

    1 r. de la République F - 28300 Mainvilliers

    A superbly restored SNCF rotunda is home to the Conservatoire du machinisme et des pratiques agricoles (COMPA), a museum dedicated to agriculture. Tools and machinery (tractors, seed drills, harvesters etc) shown in a huge hall, followed by an extrem..

  • 4 St Andrew's Collegiate Church, Chartres

    Religious buildings

    2 rue St-André F - 28000 Chartres

    Now deconsecrated, this Romanesque church was the religious centre of one Chartres' liveliest areas, the "river workers'" quarter: millers, dyers, cobblers, fullers, tanners and tawers. In the 16C it was extended with the addition of a chan..

  • 5 Footbridge over the Eure, Chartres

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 28000 Chartres

    Near St Andrew's Church, this provides an attractive view over the river, which is crossed by two hump-backed bridges. You'll notice at the foot of the damaged nave of the Church remains of the arch that supported the chancel stall.

  • 6 Quais de l'Eure

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue de la Tannerie F - 28000 Chartres

    In old Chartres, along the River Eure and other waterways, the mills and washing places of rue de la Tanneries have been restored, making for a pleasant walk. Rue aux Juifs leads through a restored old quarter with attractive paved streets, façades w..

  • 7 Rue des Écuyers

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 28000 Chartres

    This is one of the best restored parts of old Chartres. Some houses have preserved their bossage doors surmounted by bull's-eye windows. At the corner with the Rue aux Cois, a half-timbered house forms a prow. Opposite you will find the « Queen Berth..

  • 8 Place du Cygne

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 28000 Chartres

    This is a widened tree-lined street which on some mornings has a small flower market and makes up, with the very busy central quarter, a welcoming place. At the end of the Rue du Cygne in the Place Marceau, there is a monument to this General who fel..

  • 9 Jean-Moulin Monument

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Boulevard de la Résistance F - 28000 Chartres

    Jean-Moulin was the Prefect of Chartres at the time of the German invasion. On 8th June 1940, he refused to sign a document, demanded by the occupying forces, which would have incriminated his French forces made up of Senegalese sharpshooters, then h..

  • 10 International Stained-Glass Centre

    Museums and art

    5 rue du Card.-Pie F - 28000 Chartres

    Loëns' grange à dîme (tithe barn) has been converted to house the International Stained-Glass Centre, an art form of which Chartres is indisputably the capital. This "cultural and technical centre for glass, stained glass and light" highlig..

  • 11 Fine Arts Museum

    Museums and art

    29 Cloître Notre-Dame F - 28000 Chartres

    Housed in the old bishop's palace, the museum is set on the first terrace of the gardens. It holds a eclectic mix of works from different periods, including an exceptional collection of large-format enamelled plaques of the 12 apostles, by Léonard Li..

  • 12 Musée de l'École

    Museums and art

    12 pl. Drouaise F - 28000 Chartres

    Teaching material and scholastic furniture will evoke nostalgia for the schools of times past through all the ages: Abacuses, magic lanterns, morality books, space-saving furniture in which each pupil had their own set of pigeonholes: the melancholy ..

  • 13 Maison Picassiette

    Museums and art

    22 r. du Repos F - 28000 Chartres

    This house was built and decorated by a roguish person Raymond Isidore (1900-1964). Religious themes and monuments are brought to life there with the aid of the most diverse of materials, fragments of crockery, pieces of coloured glass, lumps of ceme..

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