Little bit of history I dug out for those who are interested. This cathedral is the sixth one built in the site.
- Paleo-Christian church from around 4th century AD destroyed by Visigoths in 8th century
- second church destroyed by Viking invasion in 858AD
- third basilica built by bishop Gislebert de Chartres this 9th century Carolingian church that received from the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles the Bald, the Sancta Camisia, the tunic supposedly worn by the Virgin Mary at the birth of Jesus. The basilica got destroyed in a war in 962
- The next one got burnt in 1020
- The fifth one constructed by Bishop Fulbert between the years 1020 and 1037. In 1194 this fifth cathedral was destroyed yet again by a fire caused by lightning. Its façade, towers, crypt and floor plan survived the fire miraculously.
- These basic structures were incorporated into the construction of the next and final iteration of the Cathedral.
A piece of oriental silk given to Chartres in about 876 by Emperor Charles the Bald, still preserved to this day in the Treasury.
The construction is such that no direct light enters the cathedral. All light enters through the stained glass window. A visit during a sunny day will be magical for sure. Unfortunately the day I visited the cathedral, the sky was covered with grey clouds. To think that these glass panels are from 12th century! Wow!
One of the most ancient parts of the cathedral is the labyrinth. It was too dark around to get a good picture. This one shows just a part of it between the rows of chairs. It had a smooth worn out texture, of course that had to be; it is more than 8 centuries now! It is mentioned that the rose window has almost the same size as the labyrinth. People believe that the labyrinth could be useful for healing and meditation. The huge pillars have a warm worn out feeling.
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