Dragon head protruding from the wall on the north side of the nave. Its original purpose is not known for certain, it has a hole through its neck and may have had a chain through it to raise and lower the lid of the font.
The Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres is widely considered to be the finest Gothic cathedral in France. Its historical and cultural importance is recognized by its inclusion on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Its construction started in 1205, following the destruction of the old cathedral by fire and building took only 66 years.
The Cathedral is one of the most visited tourist destinations in France.
The UNESCO World Heritage Listing -says « A masterpiece of human creative genius. Constructed rather quickly and completed almost all at once, Chartres Cathedral, through the unity of its architecture and decoration, contains the total and achieved expression of one of the most unanimous aspects of the Christian Middle Ages « .
But it also has a very modern lectern with golden representations of the four evangelists of the new testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.