Chartres

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Chartres

Coordinates: 48°27′21″N 1°29′03″E / 48.455847°N 1.484184°E / 48.455847; 1.484184


Chartres (French pronunciation: [ʃaʁtʁ]) is a town and commune and capital of the Eure-et-Loir department in north-central France. It is located 96 km (60 mi) southwest of Paris.

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Geography

Chartres is built on the left bank of the Eure River, on a hill crowned by its famous cathedral, the spires of which are a landmark in the surrounding country. To the south-east stretches the fruitful plain of Beauce, the "granary of France", of which the town is the commercial centre.

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