The stained glass of Chartres Cathedral


Traveling south across France provided an opportunity to stop off overnight at the wonderful old medieval town of Chartres in the Beauce plain to the north of the river Loire in France.  At the centre of the old town is the magnificent Gothic cathedral, rebuilt in the first quarter of the 13th century after the earlier Romanesque cathedral had been burnt down by fire in 1194.  In the summer, it is now beautifully lit in a son et lumière display at night. The cathedral has one of the most extensive and beautiful sets of medieval stained glass windows in the world, and it was wonderful to see these with the morning sunshine flooding through them.  The glass was largely donated by the rich guild members of the town between 1210 and 1240 and beautifully portray scenes from the bible alongside those from daily life in the 13th century.  I particularly like those of agricultural production and wine making, captured in the selection of my photographs below.  These also include a beautiful earlier blue window of the Virgin and Child that survived the fire of 1194, and was reincorporated into a 13th century window.

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3 responses to “The stained glass of Chartres Cathedral

  1. Domaine Victor

    Hello it’s Domaine Victor in France Maury,

    Do you remember? just to say that we’ll do in bottle a red wine a 100% Carignan and a new millesime 2013 for the white wine. You’re a good amateur of a good wine and we hope to see you again. If you come back in the P.O you can go to our Domaine, you’ll the welcome.                                                                                                                                       Francis & Natacha Victor

    3 impasse du chevrier, 66460 Maury Tel : 04.68.59.10.75 Port : 06.15.96.17.00 http://www.domainevictor.com

          Rejoignez-nous !               > Message du 18/06/16 18:15 > De : “Tim Unwins Blog” > A : domainevictor@orange.fr > Copie à : > Objet : [New post] The stained glass of Chartres Cathedral > >WordPress.com

    unwin posted: “Traveling south across France provided an opportunity to stop off overnight at the wonderful old medieval town of Chartres in the Beauce plain to the north of the river Loire in France.  At the centre of the old town is the magnificent Gothic cathedral, r”

    • unwin

      Great to hear from you – we are still enjoying the wines, and look forward to our next visit some time in the future!

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