The peaceful and enchanting town of Chartres rests atop a hill in northwestern France. When viewed from afar, the Cathedral of Chartre's silhouette is a prevailing feature its horizon. An idyllic portrayal of old-world France is ever-present in the town centre, where the gentle waters of the Eure River flow along side narrow, cobblestone streets and charming half-timbered buildings. When you hire a car in Chartres, you will have the liberty to see the lovely French countryside at your own pace.
Chartres is renowned for being home to France's largest cathedral. It is considered by many to be one of the greatest examples of Gothic religious architecture. When you step inside, you will be awe struck by the beauty of this 13th century church's lofty stained glass windows. Be sure to look down when touring the interior, as there is an impressive labyrinth design incorporated with the stone floor. People come to the cathedral to pray and walk the labyrinth's path as a tribute to the cross country pilgrimages made by those in medieval times.
A leisurely paddle boat ride down the Eure River is a great way to see the town from another perspective. There are also many excellent walking trails throughout Chartres. Meander along one of the paths that winds through the town centre or along the river, you won't mind if you get a little turned around when you are surrounded by the scenery of delightful arched stone bridges and medieval buildings.
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