We grieve the passing of our great friend Servane de Layre Mathéus, Co-founder and President of Chartres, Sanctuaire du Monde, Honorary Trustee of American Friends of Chartres on January 27, 2020. Servane’s life epitomized love, universal friendship and Peace. Till the end, Servane dedicated her energy to the conservation of Notre-Dame de Chartres. She believed in passing the torch of “Cathedral Builders” who span centuries, cultures and beliefs. We will miss her, but she will remain our source of inspiration. We will continue her work..
AMERICAN FRIENDS OF CHARTRES (AFC) was founded as a non-profit organization in 2005 to assist in the restoration and preservation of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres, a priceless example of medieval art and architecture. The cathedral is a historic site of unparalleled artistic, intellectual and spiritual influence and is designated as a monument of paramount cultural significance on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. AFC works in tandem with the French organization Chartres Sanctuaire du Monde, which raises funds from private individuals and organizations in France. It also works in partnership with the French Government, which approves all restoration and preservation projects.