Thursday Doors: Chartres Cathedral

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

11 Comments on “Thursday Doors: Chartres Cathedral

  1. These are beautifully shot. And thank you for teaching me something new. I didn’t actually know what a reredo was.

  2. I like the mouse-eye view. All impressive, just as the creators intended. ๐Ÿ™‚ 180 degrees from those shabby doors you do so well.

    janet

  3. Wonderful entry this week. The facade and entrance are spectacular, as intended. Looks like there was a few of us decided to go religious for this Easter weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰

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