Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/10/24

“October 24, 1260” by Rick Sanders

Chartres Cathedral, West Front

Chartres Cathedral, West Front (Photo credit: Cornell University Library)

Chartres Cathedral, France, a famous landmark ...

Chartres Cathedral, France, a famous landmark which draws both pilgrims and art lovers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1260, the Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France on this date. The cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Wikipedia we read:

It is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. The current cathedral, mostly constructed between 1194 and 1250, is the last of at least five which have occupied the site since the town became a bishopric in the 4th century.

The cathedral is in an exceptional state of preservation. The majority of the original stained glass windows survive intact, while the architecture has seen only minor changes since the early 13th century. The building’s exterior is dominated by heavy flying buttresses which allowed the architects to increase the window size significantly, while the west end is dominated by two contrasting spires – a 105-metre (349 ft) plain pyramid completed around 1160 and a 113-metre (377 ft) early 16th-century Flamboyant spire on top of an older tower. Equally notable are the three great façades, each adorned with hundreds of sculpted figures illustrating key theological themes and narratives.



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