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The capital of Beauce county, Chartres was established on the right bank of the river Eure. The streets of the old town are lined with medieval timber-framed houses, such as in the Rue des Ecuyers for example. Visitors to Chartres can follow the evolution of religious architecture from the Romanesque period right up to the Renaissance.

Chartres is especially famous for its cathedral, an important site of pilgrimage and an important momument for its architecture and sculptures: there are around 4 000 sculpted figures on the cathedral. The building also contains some of the most beautiful stained-glass windows in France./>
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