|West facade of Cathedral of Chartres|
The church is the fourth or fifth entity to exist on this site. The edifice we see currently was begun after a fire in 1194 and completed in 1250. The church seems modest, almost unassuming, as you look at the west facade which is the most well known. But once you go inside, a world of joys open up for you. From the stained glass windows to the high altar, the fine artistic expressions delight you at every turn.
Known for its two mis-matched spires and famous Rose Window in the front, the church has numerous windows with different themes and color patterns. While I was not able to take a picture worthy of the Rose Window from the inside, I am certain you can find many online. As you know from reading this series, I do adore gargoyles and Chartres has its own collection of beasts. But here, too, on one wall, you can find an angel who holds a sundial. I thought her appropriately employed and took a picture of her here for your enjoyment!
|Angel with Sundial!|
But if these do not satisfy you, do put the cathedral on your list of places to visit when next you go to Paris.
|Sculpture over the front main entrance or royal entrance.|
|Showing panels of sculpture around altar with depictions from Bible|
|South facade of Cathedral of Chartres|