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A walk to discover the city of Chartres

Chartres is located in the middle of the wheat fields of the Beauce region, 1h15 from Paris. It is famous for its cathedral.

Chartres is mostly known for its cathedral which dominates the cereal plains of central France. Of course its visit is a must but you should not neglect the visit of the rest of the city you would miss something. The historical center is very well preserved in the middle of pleasant pedestrian streets. The waterways that run through the lower town are very charming. If you are in the area you can make a detour to visit the city of Chartres you will not be disappointed.

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Duration: 3 h.

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Inconnu11/24/2019 22:28:29 rating good

Couldn't download the GPS track - wanted to get the track onto Google earth and then to my Garmin GPS unit as a track - no can do..

The cathedral of Chartres

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The cathedral of Chartres
The must-see monument in Chartres. The cathedral is gothic but also mixes elements of Romanesque architecture. The cathedral dates from the 12th and 13th century. Do not miss the famous labyrinth on the floor of the cathedral near the main entrance. It dates from 1200.

The stained glass windows

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The stained glass windows
The cathedral is famous for its stained glass windows (176). Most of them date from the 13th century. It is necessary to get used to the half-light before being able to admire the beauty of its stained glasses.

Rue des Changes

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Rue des Changes
The streets have kept their medieval names.

The Salmon House

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The Salmon House
The house now houses the tourist office. It owes its name to the sculptures that can be seen on the walls (see photo): a salmon, a virgin, Saint-Michel... It is located in what used to be the fishmongers' district. Magnificent architecture of the 16th century.

Staircase of Queen Berthe

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Staircase of Queen Berthe
Splendid half-timbered stair tower dating from the 16th century.

Excavations of the Guillaume gate

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Excavations of the Guillaume gate
Vestige of the fortified gates of the city built in the 14th century. The gate was destroyed by the German army during its retreat on the night of August 15-16, 1944.

The Eure

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The Eure
Very beautiful canals that run through the lower city, unfortunately they are not particularly well highlighted.

A river

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A river
Chartres is not known for the beauty of its canals, it is a mistake, they are worth those of the Alsatian cities which are however much more known.

The Minimes Bridge

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The Minimes Bridge
As water was available in quantity, the district became that of the tanners in the Middle Ages.

The stairs

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The stairs
To go back up to the cathedral and the gardens of the bishop's palace you have to take a long staircase.

The gardens of the bishopric

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The gardens of the bishopric
Magnificent view of the cathedral and the surrounding countryside. Not to be missed. Ideal place to take a break.

The labyrinth

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The labyrinth
You can also find the Museum of Fine Arts in the gardens of the bishopric.

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