As promised, this week we feature some of the mightily impressive doors of the great cathedral of Chartres, often said to be the most beautiful cathedral in France and certainly a high point of French Gothic architecture dating from the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries.
As you would expect, the principal entrances seek to impress:
As I recall, my second-ever contribution to Thursday Doors was this mouse’s-eye view of one of the main entrances:
It’s worth seeing from the inside too:
This is the entrance to the crypt:
And finally, this qualifies as a door, I think, although technically speaking it’s actually a reredos – a screen that once stood behind the high altar, but is now just propped up against a wall:
Next week we’re back to the usual diet of tatty secular doors.
Thursday Doors 13 April 2017