Towers of Chartres Cathedral

Towers of Chartres Cathedral Cloître Notre-Dame 28000 Chartres fr

A rare blend of architecture and decoration

A destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years, the Cathedral of Chartres,  located on the plain of Beauce (Eure-et-Loir), was severely damaged by a number of fires.

The façade and one of the spires date from the 12th century, the second spire was built in the 16th century on a 12th century base while the nave and chancel go back to the 13th century.

From the top of the Jehan de Beauce tower, visitors can enjoy superb views of the surrounding country and take a close-up look at the Cathedral’s Gothic architecture.

Cathedral designated world heritage site by UNESCO.

Practical information

  • Unaccompanied tour
  • Guided tour: Every Saturday and Sunday in low season at 3 p.m., everyday from May to August and during school holidays at 4 p.m.


  • At the intersection of the roads between Paris/Le Mans and Rouen/Orléans
  • From Le Mans: A11, exit 3, then RN10, Cathedral of Chartres
  • From Paris: A11, exit 2, then RN10, Cathedral of Chartres
  • From Rouen or Orléans: RN154, Cathedral of Chartres


Tours de la cathédrale de Chartres
Cloître Notre-Dame
28000 Chartres
Tel: +33 (0)2 37 21 22 07

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