Cathedral …Notre-Dame de Chartres… Catedral

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Chartres Cathedral
Partly built starting in 1145, and then reconstructed over a 26-year period after the fire of 1194, Chartres Cathedral marks the high point of French Gothic art. The vast nave, in pure ogival style, the porches adorned with fine sculptures from the middle of the 12th century, and the magnificent 12th- and 13th-century stained-glass windows, all in remarkable condition, combine to make it a masterpiece.

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Chartres Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres), is a medieval Catholic cathedral of the Latin Church located in Chartres, France, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) southwest of Paris. It is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The current cathedral, mostly constructed between 1194 and 1250, is the last of at least five which have occupied the site since the town became a bishopric in the 4th century.
The cathedral is in an exceptional state of preservation. The majority of the original stained glass windows survive intact, while the architecture has seen only minor changes since the early 13th century. The building’s exterior is dominated by heavy flying buttresses which allowed the architects to increase the window size significantly, while the west end is dominated by two contrasting spires – a 105-metre (349 ft) plain pyramid completed around 1160 and a 113-metre (377 ft) early 16th-century Flamboyant spire on top of an older tower. Equally notable are the three great façades, each adorned with hundreds of sculpted figures illustrating key theological themes and narratives.
Since at least the 12th century the cathedral has been an important destination for travellers – and remains so to the present, attracting large numbers of Christian pilgrims, many of whom come to venerate its famous relic, the Sancta Camisa, said to be the tunic worn by the Virgin Mary at Christ’s birth, as well as large numbers of secular tourists who come to admire the cathedral’s architecture and historical merit.

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Catedral de Chartres
Empezada en 1145 y recomenzada tras el incendio sufrido en 1194, la construcción de catedral de Chartres finalizó 26 años después de este siniestro. Representativa del apogeo del arte gótico francés, esta catedral dotada de una vasta nave del más puro estilo ojival, de pórticos ornados con admirables esculturas de mediados del siglo XII, y de magníficos vitrales de los siglos XII y XIII es una obra maestra excepcionalmente bien conservada.
source: UNESCO/ERI

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La Catedral de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora (en francés: Cathédrale de l’Assomption de Notre-Dame), es una iglesia catedralicia de culto católico bajo la advocación de Nuestra Señora en la ciudad de Chartres, en el departamento de Eure y Loir, en Francia, a unos 80 km al suroeste de la capital, París. Asimismo es la sede de la Diócesis de Chartres, en la Archidiócesis de Tours.
Esta catedral marcó un hito en el desarrollo del gótico e inició una fase de plenitud en el dominio de la técnica y el estilo gótico, estableciendo un equilibrio entre ambos. Es sumamente influyente en muchas construcciones posteriores que se basaron en su estilo y sus numerosas innovaciones, como las catedrales de Reims y Amiens a las que sirvió de modelo directo.
La figura más importante en la historia de esta diócesis fue el obispo Fulberto de Chartres, teólogo escolástico reconocido en toda Europa.
En 1979 fue declarada Patrimonio cultural de la Humanidad por la Unesco.

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