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Chartres Cathedral Collection

Chartres Cathedral, located in the Centre Region of France, is a magnificent masterpiece that showcases the beauty and grandeur of medieval architecture

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Rose window, Medieval stained glass windows in North Transept, Chartres Cathedral

Rose window, Medieval stained glass windows in North Transept, Chartres Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chartres, Eure-et-Loir Region, France, Europe

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral
circa 1850: The cathedral church of Notre Dame at Chartres in north western France, famed for its medieval glass windows. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: GEUR2D-00005

GEUR2D-00005
North rose window of Chartres Cathedral, depicting the glorification of the Virgin Mary, c. 1230 A.D. France. Digital photograph

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: France, Centre Region, Eure et Loir Department, Chartres, Chartres Cathedral, stained

France, Centre Region, Eure et Loir Department, Chartres, Chartres Cathedral, stained glass window

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Detail of Chartres Cathedral, 12th century

Detail of Chartres Cathedral, 12th century
Detail of Chartres Cathedral, showing Kings and Queens in the central door of the west front, 12th century

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral
The south transept of Notre Dame Cathedral in Chartres, built in the late 12th and early 13th century in the Gothic style. The rose window depicts the Apocalypse

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Demon tempting a woman, exterior figure, 13th century (stone)

Demon tempting a woman, exterior figure, 13th century (stone)
XTD69804 Demon tempting a woman, exterior figure, 13th century (stone); Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: France, Eure-et-Loire, Chartres, Chartres Cathedral, The South Rose Window depicting

France, Eure-et-Loire, Chartres, Chartres Cathedral, The South Rose Window depicting the Second Coming of the Lord

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Arcades of Notre Dame de Chartres cathedral, Eure-et-Loir, France, 1194-1290 (photo)

Arcades of Notre Dame de Chartres cathedral, Eure-et-Loir, France, 1194-1290 (photo)
AIS5361663 Arcades of Notre Dame de Chartres cathedral, Eure-et-Loir, France, 1194-1290 (photo); Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France; (add.info.: Gothic architecture.); © Iberfoto

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Characters of the old testament (low relief)

Characters of the old testament (low relief)
8617830 Characters of the old testament (low relief); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France; (add.info.: Characters of the old testament)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Characters of the old testament (low relief)

Characters of the old testament (low relief)
8617829 Characters of the old testament (low relief); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France; (add.info.: Characters of the old testament)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Characters of the old testament (low relief)

Characters of the old testament (low relief)
8617827 Characters of the old testament (low relief); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France; (add.info.: Characters of the old testament)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: General View of the Ground Floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (b/w photo)

General View of the Ground Floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (b/w photo)
8634602 General View of the Ground Floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (b/w photo) by American Photographer

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Stained glass representing imagery and stone cutters

Gothic architecture. Stained glass representing imagery and stone cutters
JEB4845003 Gothic architecture. Stained glass representing imagery and stone cutters. These stained glass windows tell the story of Saint Cheron. 1225

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Parable of the Good Samaritan. Stained glass, Quadrilobe middle

Gothic architecture. Parable of the Good Samaritan. Stained glass, Quadrilobe middle. Low south coast
JEB4844968 Gothic architecture. Parable of the Good Samaritan. Stained glass, Quadrilobe middle. Low south coast. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Life of Our Lord (detail): The Virgin and Child. 1140

Gothic architecture. Life of Our Lord (detail): The Virgin and Child. 1140. Stained glass of the Royal Portal
JEB4845289 Gothic architecture. Life of Our Lord (detail): The Virgin and Child. 1140. Stained glass of the Royal Portal. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Genealogy of Christ - Tree of Jesse (detail): Christ with the 7 Doves. 1150

Gothic architecture. Genealogy of Christ - Tree of Jesse (detail): Christ with the 7 Doves. 1150
JEB4845203 Gothic architecture. Genealogy of Christ - Tree of Jesse (detail): Christ with the 7 Doves. 1150. Stained glass of the Royal Portal

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Noe's story: Victims of Deluge. Stained glass from the lower north coast

Gothic architecture. Noe's story: Victims of Deluge. Stained glass from the lower north coast
JEB4845192 Gothic architecture. Noe's story: Victims of Deluge. Stained glass from the lower north coast. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. History of Noe: Construction of the ark

Gothic architecture. History of Noe: Construction of the ark. Stained glass from the lower north coast
JEB4845177 Gothic architecture. History of Noe: Construction of the ark. Stained glass from the lower north coast. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: France, Centre, Eure-et-Loir (28), Chartres: The cathedrale of Chartres

France, Centre, Eure-et-Loir (28), Chartres: The cathedrale of Chartres: Meridional portal with eardrums
LUX4707331 France, Centre, Eure-et-Loir (28), Chartres: The cathedrale of Chartres: Meridional portal with eardrums and sculptures, 1880; (add.info.: France, Centre, Eure-et-Loir (28)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: France, Centre, Eure-et-Loir (28), Chartres: Cathedrale de Chartres

France, Centre, Eure-et-Loir (28), Chartres: Cathedrale de Chartres: the perimeter of the Renaissance choir, 1885
LUX4707744 France, Centre, Eure-et-Loir (28), Chartres: Cathedrale de Chartres: the perimeter of the Renaissance choir, 1885; (add.info.: France, Centre, Eure-et-Loir (28)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Virgin and Child flanked by angels, french gothic Chartres Cathedral, France

Virgin and Child flanked by angels, french gothic Chartres Cathedral, France. 12th century (stained glass)
542728 Virgin and Child flanked by angels, french gothic Chartres Cathedral, France. 12th century (stained glass); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Histoire de Charlemagne (detail): Charlemagne (742-814) and its preux

Gothic architecture. Histoire de Charlemagne (detail): Charlemagne (742-814) and its preux
JEB4844772 Gothic architecture. Histoire de Charlemagne (detail): Charlemagne (742-814) and its preux. Stained glass of the northern ambulatory, absidial

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Stained glass showing the prophet Ezekiel carrying Saint John

Gothic architecture. Stained glass showing the prophet Ezekiel carrying Saint John
JEB4845476 Gothic architecture. Stained glass showing the prophet Ezekiel carrying Saint John. Cathedrale de Chartres, Porte sud, lancette.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Stained glass representing David, King. Cathedrale de Chartres, north gate

Gothic architecture. Stained glass representing David, King. Cathedrale de Chartres, north gate, lancette
JEB4845439 Gothic architecture. Stained glass representing David, King. Cathedrale de Chartres, north gate, lancette.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture. Stained glass representing David, King)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. History of the Passion of Christ (detail): the enema of the feet

Gothic architecture. History of the Passion of Christ (detail): the enema of the feet
JEB4845409 Gothic architecture. History of the Passion of Christ (detail): the enema of the feet. Stained glass from the bottom of the royal protrail

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. History of St. Thomas: Saint Thomas touches the wounds of Christ

Gothic architecture. History of St. Thomas: Saint Thomas touches the wounds of Christ
JEB4845057 Gothic architecture. History of St. Thomas: Saint Thomas touches the wounds of Christ. Stained glass of the north ambulatory. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. History of the Apotres. Stained glass of the Choeur. Cathedrale de Chartres

Gothic architecture. History of the Apotres. Stained glass of the Choeur. Cathedrale de Chartres
JEB4844870 Gothic architecture. History of the Apotres. Stained glass of the Choeur. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture. History of the Apotres. Stained glass of the Choeur)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Histoire de Charlemagne (detail): Charlemagne (742-814)

Gothic architecture. Histoire de Charlemagne (detail): Charlemagne (742-814) offers its relics in Aachen
JEB4844852 Gothic architecture. Histoire de Charlemagne (detail): Charlemagne (742-814) offers its relics in Aachen. Stained glass of the northern ambulatory, absidial

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Histoire de Charlemagne (detail): Charlemagne (742-814)

Gothic architecture. Histoire de Charlemagne (detail): Charlemagne (742-814) ordering the construction of a church
JEB4844775 Gothic architecture. Histoire de Charlemagne (detail): Charlemagne (742-814) ordering the construction of a church. Stained glass of the northern ambulatory, absidial

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Characters of the old testament (low relief)

Characters of the old testament (low relief)
8617828 Characters of the old testament (low relief); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France; (add.info.: Characters of the old testament)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Characters of the old testament (low relief)

Characters of the old testament (low relief)
8617822 Characters of the old testament (low relief); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France; (add.info.: Characters of the old testament)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: View of Notre-Dame cathedral in Chartres (France), engraving by Rigaud, 18th century

View of Notre-Dame cathedral in Chartres (France), engraving by Rigaud, 18th century
1755858 View of Notre-Dame cathedral in Chartres (France), engraving by Rigaud, 18th century; (add.info.: View of Notre-Dame cathedral in Chartres (France), engraving by Rigaud

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Chartres Cathedral: The Good Samaritan window, where God warned Adam

Chartres Cathedral: The Good Samaritan window, where God warned Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree of
542680 Chartres Cathedral: The Good Samaritan window, where God warned Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge. 13th century (stained glass); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: David and Bathsheba (sculpture)

David and Bathsheba (sculpture)
8617832 David and Bathsheba (sculpture); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France; (add.info.: Statues of the northern arm Porshe of the transept. David and Bathsheba)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Characters of the old testament (low relief)

Characters of the old testament (low relief)
8617831 Characters of the old testament (low relief); Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Paris, France; (add.info.: Characters of the old testament)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Story of Saint Cheron: Saint Cheron warriors a coachman falls from his chariot

Gothic architecture. Story of Saint Cheron: Saint Cheron warriors a coachman falls from his chariot
JEB4844984 Gothic architecture. Story of Saint Cheron: Saint Cheron warriors a coachman falls from his chariot. Stained glass of the northern ambulatory, absidial

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Life of Our Lord (detail): Joseph's dream and flight to Egypt. 1140

Gothic architecture. Life of Our Lord (detail): Joseph's dream and flight to Egypt. 1140
JEB4845363 Gothic architecture. Life of Our Lord (detail): Joseph's dream and flight to Egypt. 1140. Stained glass of the Royal Portal. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. History of the Passion of Christ (detail): the kiss of Judas. 1210

Gothic architecture. History of the Passion of Christ (detail): the kiss of Judas. 1210
JEB4845360 Gothic architecture. History of the Passion of Christ (detail): the kiss of Judas. 1210. Stained glass from the bottom of the royal protrail

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Parable of the Good Samaritan. Stained glass, bottom quadrilobe

Gothic architecture. Parable of the Good Samaritan. Stained glass, bottom quadrilobe. Low south coast
JEB4844946 Gothic architecture. Parable of the Good Samaritan. Stained glass, bottom quadrilobe. Low south coast. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. History of the Apotres: miraculous sin. Stained glass of the Choir

Gothic architecture. History of the Apotres: miraculous sin. Stained glass of the Choir. Cathedrale de Chartres
JEB4844912 Gothic architecture. History of the Apotres: miraculous sin. Stained glass of the Choir. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture. History of the Apotres: miraculous sin)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. History of the Apotres. Stained glass of the Choeur. Cathedrale de Chartres

Gothic architecture. History of the Apotres. Stained glass of the Choeur. Cathedrale de Chartres
JEB4844892 Gothic architecture. History of the Apotres. Stained glass of the Choeur. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture. History of the Apotres. Stained glass of the Choeur)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. History of Charlemagne (detail): the Roland Tournament

Gothic architecture. History of Charlemagne (detail): the Roland Tournament
JEB4844757 Gothic architecture. History of Charlemagne (detail): the Roland Tournament. Stained glass of the northern ambulatory, absidial. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Histoire de Lubin (Saint) (detail): transport of wine barrels in a cart

Gothic architecture. Histoire de Lubin (Saint) (detail): transport of wine barrels in a cart
JEB4844737 Gothic architecture. Histoire de Lubin (Saint) (detail): transport of wine barrels in a cart. First stained glass medallion of the Lower North Coast

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture: Aerian view of the West Facade and the South Facade of the Cathedrale Notre

Gothic architecture: Aerian view of the West Facade and the South Facade of the Cathedrale Notre Dame a Chartres
JEB4866952 Gothic architecture: Aerian view of the West Facade and the South Facade of the Cathedrale Notre Dame a Chartres (Eure et Loir)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. Life of Our Lord (detail): The Wise Men. 1140

Gothic architecture. Life of Our Lord (detail): The Wise Men. 1140. Stained glass of the Royal Portal
JEB4845300 Gothic architecture. Life of Our Lord (detail): The Wise Men. 1140. Stained glass of the Royal Portal. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. History of Saint James the Major: scene of the drapers

Gothic architecture. History of Saint James the Major: scene of the drapers
JEB4845052 Gothic architecture. History of Saint James the Major: scene of the drapers. Stained glass of the northern ambulatory, absidial. Cathedrale de Chartres.; (add.info.: Gothic architecture)

Background imageChartres Cathedral Collection: Gothic architecture. History of Saint James the Major: scene of pelletiers and furriers

Gothic architecture. History of Saint James the Major: scene of pelletiers and furriers
JEB4845016 Gothic architecture. History of Saint James the Major: scene of pelletiers and furriers. Stained glass of the northern ambulatory, absidial




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Chartres Cathedral, located in the Centre Region of France, is a magnificent masterpiece that showcases the beauty and grandeur of medieval architecture. One cannot help but be captivated by its stunning features, such as the famous Rose window and the intricate stained glass windows in the North Transept. The Rose window, with its delicate tracery and vibrant colors, is a true marvel. It depicts scenes from biblical stories and serves as a symbol of divine light shining through darkness. As sunlight filters through this masterpiece, it creates an ethereal ambiance within the cathedral. Speaking of stained glass windows, Chartres Cathedral boasts an impressive collection that dates back centuries. The Medieval stained glass windows in the North Transept are particularly noteworthy for their intricate details and vivid hues. They transport visitors to another era, where storytelling through art was paramount. One can't help but feel awe-inspired when gazing upon these works of art. From St James appearing to Charlemagne in a dream to depictions of The Virgin and Christ surrounded by Angels from the 12th century – each panel tells a unique story that adds depth to Chartres Cathedral's rich history. Another notable feature is The Good Samaritan Window from the 13th century. This captivating piece portrays compassion and kindness towards others – timeless values that continue to resonate today. Additionally, portraits of historical figures like John I, Count of La Marche, Jean de Bourbon can be found adorning stainless-glass windows in the chapel of Vendome within Chartres Cathedral. These handcoloured lithographs offer glimpses into past lives and events that shaped both local history and broader narratives. Lastly, let us not forget about Peter Courtenay - Lord Conches who fought valiantly as a crusader at Al Mansurah before his untimely demise in 1250; his portrait immortalized on yet another striking stained-glass window within this hallowed space.