In 1991 I went on the trip of a lifetime to visit a cathedral I had studied in an art history course – Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France. Coming from Canada, where old buildings are often no more than 100 years old, it was incredible to visit a place where construction began in 1145.

I was fascinated by the beautiful Gothic architecture and in particular the stained glass windows. This is the West Rose Window. I have a dim memory of standing under it in awe. My little film camera didn’t do it justice, but here it is as I saw it.

Chartres Cathedral
The West Rose Window

I often return to this cathedral in my mind or on Google Maps. It’s my favorite place to see beautiful art that has survived the test of time.

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My first glimpse of Chartres Cathedral in 1991

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8 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place (in Chartres Cathedral)

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and for following my blog. I hope you can go to Chartres someday! It’s definitely worth visiting. Have you seen the TV program “Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark”? It has a section on Chartres Cathedral that’s almost like being there too – a great way to prepare for a trip to Chartres.

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      1. What I have is a book of Chartres Stain Glass window like material I bought in Edmonton was back in 1991 that depicts the Nativity. I still have yet to frame them.

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  1. That must have been an incredible trip, and for the memories to continue to linger and for you to continue to think on this place.

    I hear you about history – Singapore is very young, even younger than Canada; we are just 53 this year. So when I am in the midst of old buildings, it is quite awe-inspiring!

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    1. Wow, and I thought Canada was young! I didn’t realize Singapore was that much younger!

      Yes, such a different experience seeing old buildings – I remember being amazed by the indentations in stone steps that had been worn down by many feet over the centuries.

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