One hour west of Paris, Chartres is known for its cathedral as well as for the annual pilgrimage at Pentecost when several thousand university students come together, walking more than 80 kms in 3 days.
The Chartres Cathedral continues to be one of the most famous in the world and it continues to watch over the town of Chartres.
The first cathedral was built in the 4th century, after the early evangelization of the area. Pilgrims come to ask Our Lady for grace. In 876 the number of people coming increased sharply. This was the year that King Charles the Bald brought the relic, the tunic said to have been worn by the Virgin Mary. Large crowds of people came in procession. Princes mixed in the crowds and added to the treasures of the cathedral. Even during times of war, pilgrimages continued with increasing fervor.
Today the high vaults and the splendid stained glass windows draw people to the cathedral.
Why not make a stop at Chartres Cathedral, symbol of religious heritage in France, during your Catholic pilgrimage in France?
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