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Chartres Cathedral

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will analyze Chartres Cathedral as one of the best examples of Gothic architecture.
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Notes on "Chartres Cathedral"

Key Terms

Rose window 

Circular window, especially seen in Gothic church architecture.

Flying Buttress

Associated with Gothic church architecture, an exterior segmented semi arch that relieves load bearing walls.


The space extending from the main entrance to the narthex with aisles on both sides.

Image Credits

Chartres, west façade, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chartres_1.jpg , Chartres, west façade portals, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chartres.jpg, Chartres Nave; Creative Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chartres,_Cath%C3%A9drale_Notre-Dame-F_274.jpg, Chartres flying buttresses, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chartres_-_cath%C3%A9drale_-_arcs-boutants_de_la_nef.JPG, Chartres north rose window, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chartres_-_cath%C3%A9drale_-_rosace_nord.jpg, Jesse Tree window, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:France_Chartres_JesseTree_c1145_a.JPG, Christ Beau Dieu, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Reims-Portail_Nord_5.jpg, Pythagoras, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pythagore-chartres.jpg, Old Testament kings and queens, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Figures_from_Cathedral_of_Chartres.jpg, Saints Martin, Jerome and Gregory, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Saints_Martin_Jerome_and_Gregory.JPG