Built between 1194 and 1250, Chartres Cathedral is one of the finest examples of
French Gothic architecture. The 12th century structure is at least the fifth to occupy the
site since the fourth century.
Having read much about World War II in recent years,
it is interesting to know that the magnificent windows seen still today
were removed in 1939 before the Germans advanced.
The glass was cleaned and releaded before
being returned to their original placement.
Chartres is only fifty miles outside of Paris
and worth a day trip to see this cathedral and two other churches.
The old town is charming and a step back in time.
Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres
16 cloitre Notre-Dame