A two-day break
Two days is enough time to get a good taste of what the city of Chartres has to offer. The Campanile Chartres Hotel is only 3km from the city centre, so you’ll be able to peacefully enjoy your stay. Your first stop should definitely be the world-renowned Notre-Dame de Chartres Cathedral, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. The cathedral’s construction was finished in 1037 and is dedicated to Bishop Fulbert. The monument we know today, however, dates back to the 13th century, when it was rebuilt. Its stained glass windows are considered to be the best preserved of the era, and make up a total of 2,600 square metres. Another stop is the Maison Picassiette, which is made from a mosaic of glass and porcelain, which were allowed to settle freely into cement. The rest of your short trip can be spent just walking around the old city and taking in some of the beautiful architecture.
A week-long stay
For a longer stay you can delve more into what Chartres has to offer. Visit some more religious monuments such as the Saint-André Collegiate Church, a Gallo-Roman structure, the Saint-Aignan Church, built around the year 400, or the Saint-Pierre Church, built for the 7th-century Queen Bathilde. While wandering around the city, stop by and admire some of the gorgeous old houses. We recommend the Maison du Saumon and the Maison de la Truie qui Fille (Houses of Salmon and Trout), named so because of the woodcarvings on their facades. Other great places are the Chartres Theatre, the Episcopal Palace, which now houses the Beaux-Arts Museum, or the monument dedicated to Jean Moulin, who played a major role in WWII.
A family holiday
Your entire family will love Chartres for its rich history and its many places to just sit down and relax.