The stained-glass windows of Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral is home to the largest collection of preserved medieval stained-glass windows in the world. The windows are in an excellent state of conservation and currently undergoing an active restoration phase to return them to their original splendour. Most of them date from the early years of the 13th century and they are an exceptional legacy of the thriving artistic, intellectual and spiritual activity of a time when Gothic Humanism was reaching full maturity.

Sign of the zodiac – 13th-century stained-glass window (detail)

Angel – 13th-century stained-glass window (detail)

St James the Elder – 13th-century stained-glass window (detail)

St Stephen – 13th-century stained-glass window (detail)