A short drive through more beautiful farm country and along the Eure River took us from Giverny to Chartres, home to a very impressive cathedral. As you drive into Chartres, the cathedral can be seen from miles around because it is on relatively high ground with the town spread out below. From a distance it looks like it is floating above everything else. The cathedral was consecrated on October, 24, 1260, in the presence of King Louis IX of France.
|The two spires and main entrance face west.|
|Additional grand entry ways are on the north and south, |
each with a wealth of stone carvings and the large rosettes high above.
|This cathedral is famous for its beautiful stained glass|
and the majestic arches.
|From the cathedral grounds you get quite a view of the surrounding city.|
|Structures surrounding the church are primarily from the 17th century or later.|
|If you have a plain wall on the side of your building there is|
no reason not to make the most of it. Don't suppose it will last
for 900 years like the cathedral has.