A Glimpse of Major Features of Chartres Cathedral

by Sister Hilda Kleiman, OSB

Our discussions of the Gothic in History of Art at Mount Angel Seminary naturally include Chartres Cathedral, one of the most well-preserved Gothic churches, with its stained glass windows, towers and flying buttresses, and labyrinth.

View of Chartres Cathedral from the south - CC BY-SA 3.0

Flying buttresses of the nave - CC BY-3.0

Flying buttresses of the apse - CC BY-3.0

The labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral - CC BY-SA 3.0

The vaulting of Chartres Cathedral - CC BY-SA 3.0

Sunlight in Chartres Cathedral - CC BY-SA 3.0