Chartres Cathedral, with its soaring architecture and 175 stained glass windows, inspires all who enter it and represents a high point of human achievement. In this presentation we learn about the sacred history of Chartres before focusing on the different elements of the building and the process of its construction between 1130 and 1230. We take a close look at the remarkable carvings that adorn the cathedral’s three entrances and at the colorful imagery of its stained glass.

Dr. Timothy Graham is a Distinguished Professor of history and a Regents’ Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNM. He served as director of the Institute for Medieval Studies from 2002 until 2020, organizing the acclaimed annual Medieval Spring Lecture Series. He holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Cambridge and an MPhil from the Warburg Institute, University of London. He is the author of Introduction to Manuscript Studies and in 2016 received the Medieval Academy of America’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies.