Chartres, France

Posted on March 25, 2010

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In the center of this very old town about one hour south of Paris stands a cathedral of world renoun. The Chartres Cathedral is nine hundred years old and boasts some of the most beautiful stained glass windows in the world. Construction lasted about 150 years, and little has been done to the cathedral since about the year 1260. The Cathedral avoided the wars and fires that have claimed so many other cathedrals throughout Europe.

The cathedral features flying butresses, gargoyles, and a labyrinth at the center for contemplative pacing. The stained glass windows live up to their fame and are quite beautiful.

Like all good ancient catholic churches, this cathedral even has a valuable relic. Featured near the back of the church, encased in many layers of glass and protected by iron bars, is a cloak that they claim was worn by Mary. The Mary. Recently they carbon dated it and it actually is from the first century.
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