Feb 25, 2013

Interiors Chartres Cathedral, France

Little bit of history I dug out for those who are interested. This cathedral is the sixth one built in the site. 
  1. Paleo-Christian church from around 4th century AD destroyed by Visigoths in 8th century 
  2. second church destroyed by Viking invasion in 858AD 
  3. 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 
  4. The next one got burnt in 1020 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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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27 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Wonderful pictures Indrani....i love them.

TexWisGirl said...

the windows are impressive!

Sylvia K said...

What an awesome place and amazing history! Terrific captures as always, Indrani, and I do so appreciate the history and information you include! Thank you! Have a great week!

Łucja-Maria said...

Wonderful post. Brought back memories.
Beauty is a Black Madonna. Brilliant stained glass windows!
Regards.
Lucia

George said...

Thank you for your photos and the fascinating history of this cathedral. It's hard to believe those stained glass windows have survived so many centuries and so many wars.

Bob Bushell said...

Great photos Indrani.

Photo Cache said...

fascinating.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful interiors of ancient church.

Jill Harrison said...

I loved visiting the cathedrals in France when we visited. Beautiful craftmanship and stained glass work. You have done well with the interior photos.
Have a wonderful week. I am linking up to you through Our World Tuesday.

Karen said...

The whole place sparkles!

ladyfi said...

Wow - that stained glass is spectacular!

Meena said...

12th century glass panels!

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice!

eileeninmd said...

Indrani, thank you for sharing the history and your beautiful photos of this cathedral. The stained glass is gorgeous. Have a happy week!

Anna said...

So beautiful Indra and the stained glass is so spectacular!
Love the colors so much...
Warm greetings from Holland,
Anna :))

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

love it

Gary said...

Such beautiful colours even in a grey light. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Dana said...

Those windows are breathtaking!

Vishal Rathod said...

good one

Ebie said...

The stained glass ceilings look so much a kaleidoscope of colors!

Spiderdama said...

Wonderful interiors and pictures of it. Colorful and special glass

Anjan Roy said...

Informative, knowledgeable and notable post...not to forget of the beautiful photographs...!!!

Pattu Raj said...

Awesome. That stained glasses picture , is great.

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the cathedral.

Arti said...

All those captures made me feel that it is straight out of a Dan Brown novel!! Amazing captures, especially those colored glasses.

Priti Singh said...

WOW! Incredible interiors Indrani....next time you make a visit to this Cathedral...count me in.. :)

P.N. Subramanian said...

I loved it. It would have been magical had there been full Sun light on that day. Rays of light coming through the stained glass windows would have been a sight to relish.