Notre Dame de Chartres, commonly known as Chartres Cathedral, is an architectural treasure as well as a destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years. I have posted previously here, here and here.
This photo was taken as friend Marie and I ascended the narrow, worn steps in the Jehan de Beauce tower. We walked round and round seeing few others in the tight spiral leading to the very top, a rather small perch from which to view all of Chartres. This shot is a portion of the buttresses and the 19th century iron roof. Each rotation on our way to the top provided a vignette beyond the stone windows including gargoyles and other carvings.
If you are in Paris this easy day trip is worth the visit. Currently the interior is undergoing a major restoration and there may be portions inaccessible to visitors. The labyrinth has been restored and is open.
Notre Dame de Chartres
Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres