Chartres Cathedral



CountryFrance
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationDepartment of Eure-et-Loire, Centre Region
CoordinatesN48 26 51 E1 29 14
Inscription Date1979
Minor Modifications2009
Property (ha)1.06
Buffer Zone (ha)62
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
Unesco Reference Number81
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/81
DescriptionPartly built starting in 1145, and then reconstructed over a 26-year period after the fire of 1194, Chartres Cathedral marks the high point of French Gothic art. The vast nave, in pure ogival style, the porches adorned with fine sculptures from the middle of the 12th century, and the magnificent 12th- and 13th-century stained-glass windows, all in remarkable condition, combine to make it a masterpiece.
StatusWorld Heritage Site