Stained glass in Chartres
The love story between stained glass and Chartres began in the Middle Ages and continues today, making it a center of expertise for those who want to know more about this ancient art. Many spaces are dedicated to the artisanal tradition : the Centre international du Vitrail (International Center for Stained Glass), the Galerie du Vitrail (Stained Glass Gallery) and especially its glassmakers who, by the restoration of stained glass, continue the tradition of this art in the utmost respect of the techniques used at the time.
Many workshops still operate today, whether specializing in restoration or modern creation. The oldest still around today, the Lorin workshop, has been in operation since 1846. These craftsmen are true ambassadors of this artistic technique throughout the world. Tours of their workshops are sometimes organized. More information is available at the Tourist Office.
Centre International du Vitrail
5 Rue du Cardinal Pie, 28000 Chartres
Website - tel : 02 37 21 65 72.
Full price / reduced price : €7 / €5.50.
Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Sunday and public holidays: 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Accommodation available for visitors with disabilities.
Just steps from the Cathedral and nestled in a beautiful building, the Centre international du Vitrail (International Center for Stained Glass) presents the art, history and techniques of stained glass workmanship. It also hosts workshops and exhibitions.
For children (10 to 14 years old)
Stained glass production workshop at the school of stained glass and heritage, located at the front of the cathedral.
The Centre international du Vitrail (International Center for Stained Glass) offers classes for beginners during the school holidays.
La Galerie du Vitrail
17 Cloître Notre-Dame 28000 Chartres
Website - tel : 02 37 36 10 03 .
May through September: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 1p.m. / 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday and holidays: 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. ;
October through April: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Stained Glass Gallery exhibits and sells original works from international artists, as well as specialized literature in its bookshop.