Maison Saint Yves

1 rue St Eman, Chartres, 28000, France
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Forum Posts

Anyone take a picture of the rainbow in stained glass?

by jkruiger

Is anyone willing to take a good picture of the rainbow in the Noah window in the Notre Dame in Chartres, and upload it to wikipedia or send it to me? I would like to use it as the oldest rainbow picture in the wikipedia article on rainbows. I have no opportunity to go to Chartres myself in the near future.
The location of the Noah window is #64 on the map:
The location of the rainbow in #38 in the Noah window:

Re: Anyone take a picture of the rainbow in stained glass?

by tango_jd

I haven't gone through all the pages but there are a few photos in Google Images.

Re: Anyone take a picture of the rainbow in stained glass?

by jkruiger

Tango_jd, thanks for the quick reply! The sacred-destinations website does contain a beautiful picture of the rainbow, however there is a copyright issue. Wikipedia requires that pictures are released under a free license, allowing everyone to use, alter, and redistribute that work for any purpose. The sacred-destinations website does not allow that.

Re: Anyone take a picture of the rainbow in stained glass?

by tango_jd

Point taken - sorry I wasn't thinking.

Re: Anyone take a picture of the rainbow in stained glass?

by jkruiger

Pedmar, Thanks for the mail with attachment that you sent me. I didn't see any rainbow, but the photo surely is an artistic and hallucinating impression of three stained glass windows travelling through space!

Re: Anyone take a picture of the rainbow in stained glass?

by susanbr


I remembered seeing your request for a picture in this forum, so while we were in Chartres this past November, I took several pictures of the rainbow for you. Please let me know if you still need the picture and how to send it to you. : ) Susan

Travel Tips for Chartres

About the Stained Glass Windows

by Goner

Stained glass served three purposes in the Gothic Cathedral; it contributed to the beauty of the building, it allowed more light into the space (remember: in the middle ages "light" was associated with God) and finally, it served as a textbook for the illiterate congregation of the villages. The windows can be read just like a book and medieval villagers learned many biblical stories from the windows.

Stained-glass making was very popular during the 1300's-1400's. The glass was made from river sand, beechwood, and potash. Colors were made by adding metal oxides that were fused to the mixture. The pieces were assembled like a large puzzle and held together by lead. The glass was held together by two methods: bar tracery or plate tracery. Bar tracery is where thin stone bars were used to form a decorative pattern within the window opening and then the glass was inserted into the pattern.

The Northwest Spire

by Goner

Several alterations have been made to the cathedral. The northwest tower's distinctive spire (in the picture) was added in the early 1500s. This is the tallest of the two spires and is labeled flamboyant Gothic in style, which contrasts sharply with the rather plain Romanesque spire in the southwest corner. The spire is very ornate, it must have taken years of carving.

Consider Visiting the Musee des Beaux Arts

by hquittner

The Museum occupies the Bishop's Palace at the NE corner of the Garden behind the Cathedral. Photography is not allowed and I do not think there was a catalog. I am not sure if there was a fee. If you have lots of time and your eyes and mind are not tired , there a number of interesting 17 & 18C French paintings (Teniers and Champaigne) and a fine Zurbarin and some by Vlaminck! There are excellent tapestries and a special set of enamels by L. Limousin and the building is a delight in itself.

The Cathedral

by Kyrsun

It is a Gothic cathedral, built in the 12e c. .
It is very famous, because of its stained-glass windows.
In the center of the cathedral stands a curious labyrinth, full of mystical signs.
Pilgrims used to walk on it, meditating and praying.

Malcolm Miller Tour

by jnyvegas

His tours are @ 12:00 and 2:45 in english, I highly recommend this tour, he explains each panel in the stain glass window and what they represent. It is very interesting. Make sure to ask him about Dan Browns Da Vinci Code he can tell you about all the thing that are wrong with the book.


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Address: 1 rue St Eman, Chartres, 28000, France