Chartres_entrance There has been an important church at Chartres since the 5th century. The present cathedral was begun in 1194 and completed in 1220, making it rare because it was done within a lifetime.  The cathedral is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Our_Lady_of_the_Pillar Chartres_interior_1 rose_window_with_apostles Chartres_interior_2 rose_window_with_prophets rose_window_exterior Chartres_steeple_buttresses prophecy_window Chartres_nave Chartres_garden trancept steeple Chartres_garden_us We visited Chartres in 1974.