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Helsinki Card
"The Helsinki Card comes with a complete guidebook of all the included attractions and excellent maps of the city. With you free travel on public transport (trams metro buses train boats to the islands) as well as free entrance to all major sights and museums the Helsinki card is a great way to explore the city. You will be well equipped to get the most out of your stay in the city. The Helsinki Card also offers great value discounts such as 30% discount on the Finnair airport bus discounts on tours out of town
From EUR44.00
 
Skip the Line: Château de Versailles Murder and Mystery Tour from Paris
"Meet your guide in the morning in central Paris and then hop aboard one of the city’s RER trains for your journey to the Château of Versailles. Built for King Louis XIII the castle dates back to the 17th century. If the walls could talk who knows what secrets they would reveal.On arrival bypass the lines with your fast-track ticket and enjoy a 2-hour tour with a difference. Listen as your guide shares the story of the so-called ‘great poisoning’ ‘the necklace affair’ and other tales of conspiracy intrigue and romance
From EUR85.00
 
Skip-the-line Versailles Classic
"Visit the famous French Sun King's residence at the Palace of Versailles located only 30 minutes by train from central Paris. Save time and get priority access to this popular attraction. Make your own way to Versailles on the RER train Line C to Versailles Château Rive Gauche station where you will meet your guide at the office easily located across the street.A team of professional guides is ready and waiting to take you on an unforgettable tour and with pre-booked entrance times you will skip the lines to explore the ornate King's and Queen's State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Learn about the main figures of the French monarchy from King Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette. Your guide will bring these legendary characters to life during a 75-minute tour."""
From EUR35.00

More General in Chartres

Stained Glass (and Glass Origins)

Glass is an amorphous noncrstalline solid and has great plasticity which increases with temperature. Working sand (a silicon dioxide source) into glass undoubtedly was discovered (invented) around...
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hquittner
Apr 07, 2007

Henry Adams and Other Guides to Chartres

Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918) was the fourth son of a congressman and ambasador to England as well as grandson and great-grandson of two presidents. Aside from a stint as an Assistant Professor of...
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hquittner
Apr 03, 2007

Romanesque Ruin Becomes a Model Gothic Cathedral

Notre Dame of Chartres was a new Romanesque Cathedral built to house its sacred relic, the shirt (tunic) worn by Mary when she gave birth to Jesus. In 1194 with only 1 1/2 towers completed, it was...
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hquittner
Apr 01, 2007

Chartres Cathedral Statues

When you visit Chartres, you'll inevitably be spending a considerable amount of time looking up. The architects actually intended the cathedral to feature its most beautiful adornments very high on...
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Confucius
Aug 06, 2005

A little Story and Architecture

A fire actually destroyed the cathedral completly in 1194 except the south tower and the south steeple. The North Tower, if you could observe in the picture is slightly different in architecture.The...
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Toyin
Jul 24, 2005

Stained Windows

Some of these windows actually dates back into the 12th century. There is the Blue Virgin, and also if you check in the side aisles and the ambulatory, some windows have been given during the 13th...
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Toyin
Jul 24, 2005
 
 
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Chartres Cathedral

The Cathedral of our Lady is a place of great wealth. As you drive into the town from Paris end, or Versailles as in my case, you could see the church in its majesty. I stop the car to take a shot of...
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Toyin
Jul 16, 2005

Flying Buttresses

Before buttressing was invented walls were thick and bulky with no space for glass. Once builders began using buttresses, thinner walls could be supported with the buttresses and the stained-glass...
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Goner
Jun 20, 2004

The Jambs

The outdoor sculptures of Chartres are almost as renowned as the stained glass windows. They adorn the cathedral's exterior around the doorways. The sculptures in the photo are on the sides of the...
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Goner
Jun 12, 2004

The Statues

Inside the cathedral there is a round section of carvings that depict times in the life of Christ. Each section is numbered as you can see in the picture. Each is a masterpiece itself. I haven't found...
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Goner
Jun 12, 2004

The Assumption Statue

This stunning statue sits in the apse below, of course another series of stained glass windows. It's called "The Assumption". I can't find any information as to who sculpted this masterpiece, but do...
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Goner
Jun 11, 2004

About the Stained Glass Windows

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...
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Goner
Jun 11, 2004

The Northwest Spire

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...
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Goner
Jun 11, 2004

Tree of Jesse

A lancet is a single window with a pointed arched head and the stained glass panels always tell a biblical story. The 12th-century lancet window in the picture is entitled the Jesse Tree, it traces...
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Goner
Jun 11, 2004

Top Hotels in Chartres

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22 Place Des Epars, Chartres, Loire Valley, 28005, France
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14, place Drouaise, Chartres, Loire Valley, 28000, France
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1 rue St Eman, Chartres, 28000, France
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3, rue du General Koenig, Chartres, 28000, France
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357 Place Pierre Semard, Chartres, Loire Valley, France
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19 Avenue Jehan de Beauce, Chartres, 28000, FR
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Top Things to Do in Chartres

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Église Saint-Aignan de Chartres

Church at this place existed already around 400 A.D. Later this church was dedicated to Saint Aignan (385-453 A.D.) the Bishop of Chartres. This is one of the oldest or probably the oldest in...
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Top 5 Chartres Writers

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Oleg_D.

"Wonderful Cathedral City."
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hquittner

"A Piece of the Medieval World"
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Goner

"Chartres' Cathedral"
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MM212

"Chartres"
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shrimp56

"Our Lady of Chartres"
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