Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, Centre-Val de Loire, France

🇫🇷 Chartres is a commune and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in France. It is located about 90 km (56 mi) south-west of Paris. Chartres is famous worldwide for its cathedral. Mostly constructed between 1193 and 1250, this Gothic cathedral is in an exceptional state of preservation. The majority of the original stained glass windows survive intact, while the architecture has seen only minor changes since the early 13th century. Much of the old town, including the library associated with the School of Chartres, was destroyed by bombs in 1944.

Economy Chartres is one of the most important market towns in the region of Beauce (known as "the granary of France"). The game pies and other delicacies of Chartres are well known, and the industries also include flour-milling, brewing, distilling, iron-founding, leather manufacture, perfumes, dyeing, and the manufacture of electronic equipment, car accessories, stained glass, billiard requisites and hosiery. Since 1976 fashion and perfumes company Puig has a production plant in this commune.

Transport The Gare de Chartres railway station offers frequent services to Paris, and a few daily connections to Le Mans, Nogent-le-Rotrou and Courtalain. The A11 motorway connects Chartres with Paris and Le Mans.

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Chartres has a population of over 39,159 people. Chartres also forms the centre of the wider Chartres Arrondissement which has a population of over 209,218 people.

Twin Towns – Sister Cities Chartres is twinned with: 🇮🇹 Ravenna, Italy; 🇩🇪 Speyer, Germany; 🇬🇧 Chichester, United Kingdom; 🇵🇸 Bethlehem, Palestine; 🇵🇹 Évora, Portugal; 🇪🇸 León, Spain; 🇯🇵 Sakurai, Japan.

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