The romantic and remarkable city of Chartres presents visitors with an alluring array of religious majesty and cultural catharsis. Intriguing museums and a medieval mosaic of sinuous streets and half timbered houses decorate the sprawl surrounding the imposing and iconic cathedral. With its proximate location to Paris, Chartres is a city that contains the overspill of the capital’s remarkable architecture and cosmopolitan culture. It’s an ideal place for an intrepid traveller seeking an alternative example of France’s metropolitan magnificence.
Considered by many to be one of Western civilisation’s most remarkable architectural achievements, the enormous Catedrale Notre Dame is an ethereal vision of Gothic fantasy and Romanesque grandeur. Having escaped the ravages of war and tear, the cathedral is a perfectly preserved example of ecclesiastical extravagance, and it’s most alluring interior feature is the kaleidoscopic spectrum of the stained glass windows. Ascending the structure’s vertiginous Clocher Neuf bell tower affords climbers panoramic perfection form the spire’s spiral staircase.
One of Chartres’ most magnificent museums is the Museum of Natural Science and Prehistory, a captivating collection of artefacts that explain the natural and prehistoric heritage of the region. Hundreds of bird and mammal species decorate the interior, complimented by perfectly preserved insects and prehistoric fossils.
Within the opulent depths of the Hotel du Grand Monarque resides the elegant and exquisite La Cour du Monarque; within an impeccably chic conservatory, a monochrome décor scheme compliments an extensive wine list to create an air of impeccable class. Signature dishes draw inspiration from the region’s rich culinary heritage while also paying homage to modern dining developments. Bon appétit!(22 pl. des Épars 28000 Chartres)