Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral – Mass times

Chartres Cathedral, also known as Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres), is a medieval Catholic cathedral of the Latin Church located in Chartres, France, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) southwest of Paris.

It is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The current cathedral, mostly constructed between 1194 and 1250, is the last of at least five which have occupied the site since the town became a bishopric in the 4th century. See other Catholic sites in France.

Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral - Mass times

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Chartres Cathedral – Mass times

  • on Friday:  7:00 am– crypt of Notre Dame de Sous-Terre
  • on Tuesday and Friday: 9:00
  • from Monday to Saturday midday: 11:45
  • Mass at the crypt – 6:15 p.m.
  • Vesper7:00 p.m.

Mass times Sundays 

  • on Saturday:  6:00 p.m.
  • on Sunday:
    • 9:15
    • Gregorian Mass – 11:00
    • High Mass of All Saints until Palm Sunday: 5:15 pm
    • Vespers – 6:00 pm
    • Mass Easter until the Sunday before All Saints: 5:45 pm
    • Vespers – 6:30 pm

Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral - Mass times

Guides and tours in Chartres:

The Chartres Cathedral is in an exceptional state of preservation. The majority of the original stained glass windows survive intact, while the architecture has seen only minor changes since the early 13th century.

The building’s exterior is dominated by heavy flying buttresses which allowed the architects to increase the window size significantly, while the west end is dominated by two contrasting spires – a 105-metre (349 ft) plain pyramid completed around 1160 and a 113-metre (377 ft) early 16th-century Flamboyant spire on top of an older tower.

Equally notable are the three great façades, each adorned with hundreds of sculpted figures illustrating key theological themes and narratives. See Top 15 Catholic shrines around the world.

Since at least the 12th century the Chartres Cathedral has been an important destination for travellers – and remains so to this day, attracting large numbers of Christian pilgrims, many of whom come to venerate its famous relic, the Sancta Camisa, said to be the tunic worn by the Virgin Mary at Christ’s birth, as well as large numbers of secular tourists who come to admire the Chartres Cathedral architecture and historical merit.

Besides being one of the most magnificent Catholic cathedrals in the world, the Chartres Cathedral holds one of the greatest treasures. The Sancta Camisia, the Holy Veil of the Blessed Immaculate heart of Mary Mother, believed to be the same veil Mary wore when she gave birth to Christ, is now kept in a golden reliquary inside the cathedral.

Unfortunately, as of December 2010, the Holy Veil is no longer available for public display.

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The Chartres Cathedral, Marian pilgrimage shrine, a masterpiece of religious art of the XII and XIII centuries, known worldwide for its 176 stained glass windows and 9 carved portals, first cathedral of France inscribed on the World Heritage List (1979) by UNESCO. One of the most beautiful cathedral in France.

Besides being one of the most magnificent Catholic cathedrals in the world, the Chartres Cathedral holds one of the greatest treasures. The Sancta Camisia, the Holy Veil of the Blessed Mother, believed to be the same veil Mary wore when she gave birth to Christ, is now kept in a golden reliquary inside the cathedral.

Unfortunately, as of December 2010, the Holy Veil is no longer available for public display.

Audioguides

Designed for individual visits, the audio guides offer are guided system recorded in multiple languages with headphones. They allow you to freely and with your own pace visit the cathedral and in complete autonomy: you can browse the monument by choosing your comments in 6 languages.

The guided tour of the Cathedral offers a historical overview of the monument in 20 steps: architecture, gates, windows, relic, labyrinth …

Duration: 45 minutes: check the circuit “cathedral”

The guided tour of the Tower of the choir, allows you to discover 40 stages, the various scenes from the life of Mary and Jesus, sculpted by famous artists of the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.

Duration: 25 minutes check the circuit “choir fence”
The assembly of these two circuits (duration 70 minutes)

You can rent the audio guides to the shop located in the north tower, at the entrance of the cathedral, left entering through the royal gate. Renting is not possible on 1 January and 25 December.

  • on Friday:  7:00 am– crypt of Notre Dame de Sous-Terre
  • on Tuesday and Friday: 9:00
  • from Monday to Saturday midday: 11:45
  • Mass at the crypt – 6:15 p.m.
  • Vesper7:00 p.m.

HOURS MASSES SUNDAY

  • on Saturday:  6:00 p.m.
  • on Sunday:
    • 9:15
    • Gregorian Mass – 11:00
    • High Mass of All Saints until Palm Sunday: 5:15 pm
    • Vespers – 6:00 pm
    • Mass Easter until the Sunday before All Saints: 5:45 pm
    • Vespers – 6:30 pm

Besides being one of the most magnificent Catholic cathedrals in the world, the Chartres Cathedral holds one of the greatest treasures. The Sancta Camisia, the Holy Veil of the Blessed Mother, believed to be the same veil Mary wore when she gave birth to Christ, is now kept in a golden reliquary inside the cathedral.

 

From the fourteenth century until today, history and composition of the great organ of Chartres Cathedral: Jehan de Chateaudun, Jehan de Beauce, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, John Abbey, Joseph Guttschenritter Peter Firmin Didot, home-Gonzalez Danion … all those organ builders, organists or patrons intervened over the centuries in the life of this instrument.

We bring you our recommendations for hotels in Chartres France and the distance from the Chartres Cathedral

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Hotels in Chartres France

Le Parvishotels in Chartres France

  • One of top picks in Chartres. Le Parvis is at the foot of the Notre Dame Cathedral in the historic district of Chartes.
  • It offers air conditioned accommodations with free Wi-Fi access.
  • Each room is individually themed and equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar and a radio. Rooms have a sitting area and private facilities.
  • Le Parvis’s restaurant serves traditional French cuisine.
  • This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Chartres!
  • This property is also rated for the best value in Chartres!
  • Wonderful 9 /10. Score from 646 reviews
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Best Western Hôtel Spa Grand Monarque

hotels in Chartres France

  • One of top picks in Chartres. In Chartres city center, this elegant hotel offers an 8,600-ft² spa with sauna, hammam and spa lounge.
  • Featuring antique furniture, rooms include a private bathroom with free toiletries, an LCD TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. Some have direct access to the fitness room.
  • A buffet breakfast is served every morning. The elegant restaurant offers refined cuisine and the
  • Second brasserie restaurant welcomes guests 7 days a week until midnight.
  • This property is also rated for the best value in Chartres
  • 4 stars
  • Wonderful 9.1 /10. Score from 1,717 reviews
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Hotel des Poèmes de Chartreshotels in Chartres France

  • Located in the heart of Chartres, Hotel is in front of Chartres Train Station and just 200 m from Chartres Cathedral.
  • Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel.
  • All of the heated rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a desk and a parquet floor. Each room also includes a private bathroom with free toiletries, a hairdryer and a shower.
  • A buffet breakfast is served daily and you can enjoy it in the communal lounge or in the comfort of your room.
  • Very Good 8.3 /10. Score from 1,288 reviews
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Jehan De Beauce – Châteaux & Hotels Collection

hotels in Chartres France

  • Located in the centre of Chartres, in front of the train station, Jehan De Beauce is a contemporary hotel offering a sauna and an on-site bar.
  • Each soundproofed and elegant room is decorated in neutral tones and has a flat-screen TV and a walk-in shower. One of the suites also include a spa bath.
  • Breakfast is available each morning, with an additional cost, and it can be served in the comfort of your room, upon request.
  • Jehan De Beauce is just 500 m from both Chartres Cathedral and the Fine Arts Museum.
  • 4 stars
  • Excellent 8.9 /10 Score from 983 reviews
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Saint Pierre Appart Hotel

hotels in Chartres France

  • La Villa Saint Pierre is set in different buildings in the heart of Chartres and is opposite the Church of Saint Pierre.
  • It offers guest rooms and self-catering apartments and studios. A wellness centre with a hot tub is available, with a supplement.
  • Each accommodation type includes a flat-screen TV and a bathroom with a free toiletries and a hairdryer. Free WiFi is available.
  • Apartments and studios offer a kitchenette.Guests also have access to a shared kitchen.
  • Chartres Cathedral and the banks of the Eure River are just 500 m away
  • Excellent 8.7 /10 Score from 398 reviews
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Timhotel Chartres Cathédrale

hotels in Chartres France

  • Situated in the heart of a city inscribed as a World Heritage site, Timhotel Chartes Cathédrale has a cosy atmosphere only a few steps from the Gothic Cathedral.
  • Most of the hotel’s guest rooms offer a view of the cathedral, and each room includes a minibar, flat-screen TV with 16 foreign channels as well as facilities for making hot drinks. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are provided in the bathrooms.
  • The hotel has a large car park in peaceful and quiet settings. It is located in the city centre, 100 m from the train station. There are numerous restaurants nearby.
  • 4 stars
  • Very Good 8 /10 Score from 935 reviews
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ibis Chartres Centre Cathedrale

hotels in Chartres France

  • One of bestsellers in Chartres! Located a 10-minute walk from the cathedral, ibis Chartres Centre Cathedrale is a 24-hour reception hotel with an Italian restaurant and a bar.
  • A terrace and a garden are also available in this air-conditioned hotel.
  • The rooms at ibis Chartres Centre Cathedrale have a satellite TV and a telephone. The bathroom includes a hairdryer.
  • A continental breakfast including fair-trade coffee, crêpes and tortillas is served every morning.
  • 3 stars
  • Very Good 8.2 /10 Score from 1,167 reviews
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