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Chartres Cathedral
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1145
Date of Inscription: 1979
Location: Europe, France, Centre Region, Département of Eure-et-Loire
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Description: Chartres Cathedral’s construction began in 1145, but after the fire of 1194 it saw a 26-year reconstruction, now the site marks the high point of French Gothic art. Encompassing elements that are still in notable condition - a vast nave of the pure ogival style, porches adorned with fine mid-12th century sculptures, and magnificent 12th and 13th century stained-glass windows – the site is a masterpiece. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  The Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres), located in Chartres, about 80 km from Paris, is considered one of the finest examples in all France of the Gothic style of architecture. Chartres is a cathedral that inspires superlatives, and there are few architectural historians who have not waxed lyrical about its soaring aisles and delicate carving. These tributes are richly deserved, for Chartres is truly one of the greatest of all French Gothic cathedrals. From a distance it seems to hover in mid-air above waving fields of wheat, and it is only when the visitor draws closer that the city comes into view, clustering around the hill on which the cathedral stands. Its two contrasting spires — one, a 105 metre (349 ft) plain pyramid dating from the 1140s, and the other a 113 metre (377 ft) tall early 16th century Flamboyant spire on top of an older tower — soar upwards over the pale green roof, while all around the outside are complex flying buttresses. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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