Chartres Cathedral – In The Light

The ancient alley way leading to the main entrance

The ancient alley way leading to the main entrance

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Partly built starting in 1145, and then reconstructed over a 26-year period after the fire of 1194, Chartres Cathedral marks the high point of French Gothic art. The vast nave, in pure ogival style, the porches adorned with fine sculptures from the middle of the 12th century, and the magnificent 12th- and 13th-century stained-glass windows, all in remarkable condition, combine to make it a masterpiece.

Not only is Chartres Cathedral one of the greatest achievements in the history of architecture, it is almost perfectly preserved in its original design and details. Chartres’ extensive cycle of portal sculpture remains fully intact and its glowing stained-glass windows are all originals. Chartres is thus the only cathedral that conveys an almost perfect image of how it looked when it was built.

In addition to its architectural splendor, Chartres Cathedral has been a major pilgrimage destination since the early Middle Ages. Its venerable history, exquisitely preserved architecture, and centuries of fervent devotion make for an atmosphere of awe and holiness that impresses even the most nonreligious of visitors.

Please visit both websites for full details on Chartres and the Cathedral. Thank you

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chartres_Cathedral

http://www.studiesincomparativereligion.com/public/articles/The_Mystery_of_the_Great_Labyrinth-Chartres_Cathedral-by_John_James.aspx


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The side entrance with the 3 doors.

The side entrance with the 3 doors.

stone steps leading to the side entrance

stone steps leading to the side entrance. Gothic statues in the Portail Royal

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the carved statues of the Saints

Portail Royal with the carving

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The Aisle from the front Entrance

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The vast space and light of the inner chapels

The vast space and light of the inner chapels

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the Chapel of Our Lady - near the great high altar

the Chapel of Our Lady – near the great high altar

The Cathedral spires from the old town of Chartres.

The Cathedral spires from the old town of Chartres.

The River from The  Old Tanners quarter.

The River from The Old Tanners quarter.

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Amazing 9 minute you tube about Chartres – The Secret of Chartres is in the Light ” (The story of Light and healing in Chartres in poetic language.)  Simply touches the soul….

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6 thoughts on “Chartres Cathedral – In The Light

    • thank you. 🙂 I have many more photos of Chartres.. I found them difficult to post here. I could not find a way to present them well.. there is so much history attached to each corner and brick in Chartres… I posted links for interested people to delve deeper in to the mysteries of Chartres, should they so wish. Thanks for your comment. eve.

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