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  Chartres Cathedral - MSN Encarta
Chartres Cathedral, the cathedral church of Notre Dame (Our Lady) in the city of Chartres, in northwestern France, one of the foremost examples of High Gothic architecture (see Gothic Art and Architecture), and widely imitated for its innovations in architecture, sculpture, and stained glass.
Chartres is the first Gothic cathedral for which the original plans included flying buttresses for structural support.
Chartres Cathedral is also well known for its more than 150 stained-glass windows, most of which are original, dating from about 1210 to about 1260.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761580850/Chartres_Cathedral.html   (366 words)

 Cathédrale Notre Dame at Chartres
Chartres’ history as a holy place has legendary roots in the pre-Christian era, when Druids, the Celtic priests of Britain and Gaul, held sacred rites in natural settings like the forest groves and underground grottoes that once lay at Chartres.
Chartres’ medieval architects, masons, glaziers and sculptors created a sacred shrine that continues to move pilgrims today, whether they are traditional Christians, spiritual seekers who connect with the site’s Druidic roots, or those devoted to great art and architecture.
Chartres Cathedral, however, is suffering the effects of old age: Eight hundred years of exposure to weather, pollution and human use have caused tremendous damage.
www.sacredland.org /world_sites_pages/Chartres.html   (1525 words)

Whereas at Saint-Denis, the three portals were clearly separated by dividing abutments, the western entrances of Chartres cathedral, known as the "Royal Portal" (fig.3) formed a unified whole, connected by a horizontal band or frieze of sculptures running across the entire portal zone.
The west lancet windows at Chartres, which belonged to the earlier cathedral damaged in the fire of 1194, retain Romanesque traits in their composition and the arrangement of dress folds.
At Chartres, such grisaille windows were often combined with colored glass as in the story of St. Apollinaris, where the grisaille at the bottom of the window was inserted in 1328, replacing older panels.
www.athenapub.com /14chartres.htm   (2301 words)

 Chartres Cathedral
Because Chartres cathedral, except for the west front, had burned in 1194, the architect was able to rebuild the nave using the new idea of external buttressing.
At Chartres the second floor gallery is eliminated since it is no longer needed to bear the thrust of the vaults; thus the roofs of the aisles could be placed immediately over the aisles instead of one story higher.
And they were clearly considered special when the cathedral was constructed; the windows were endowed individually and the whole population acted as benefactors for these works of art--not only nobility and clergy but members of the various medieval craft guilds, whose activities are recorded in the lower parts of the stained glass.
www.bluffton.edu /~humanities/art/gth/chartres   (763 words)

 Unit Four: The Miracles of the Virgin and the Cathedral of Chartres
  The crypt of the present cathedral at Chartres goes back to AD 1024, to the time of the famous Bishop Fulbert, who was one of the greatest scholars of his age (in Europe, anyway), and a pivotal figure in the revival of learning that began around the turn of the millennium.
As it happens, Chartres was home to one of the greatest of the cathedral schools in Europe, outshining even Paris in the 11th and 12th centuries.
The reading assignment today is a collection of miracle stories, most of them directly associated with the Cathedral of Chartres and some of them apparently intended to show the Virgin’s concern for that place as her special home on earth.
artemis.austincollege.edu /acad/history/mgrober/chartres/unit4.htm   (4646 words)

 Chartres Cathedral - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Chartres Cathedral, the cathedral church of Notre Dame, Chartres, north-western France, among the most famous religious monuments in the world and...
Chartres Cathedral exemplifies the evolution of the Gothic style, which can be traced in viewing its portals.
Henry of Navarre, as the legal heir, took the title Henry IV of France, but he was, in fact, only King of the Huguenots.
uk.encarta.msn.com /Chartres_Cathedral.html   (111 words)

 Janson Media: Video and DVD: Chartres Cathedral   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
"Chartres Cathedral: A Sacred Geometry is a brilliantly conceived and superbly presented documentary showcasing the majestic Chartres Cathedral in France with its forty-four magnificent stained-glass windows...
It soon becomes clear that the entire cathedral is a history of Christianity written in stone and glass.
The Virtual Chartres Cathedral is an incredible website created by Professor of Art and Architecture Stephen Clancy of Ithaca College.
www.janson.com /videos/art/chartres.html   (500 words)

Chartres is of great historic and artistic interest; it is also a regional market with many industries, including metallurgy, and the production of perfumes and electronic equipment.
During the Middle Ages Chartres was the seat of a countship; it became a possession of the French crown in 1286.
Chartres' fame today stems largely from its magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame (12th to 13th cent.), remarkable for its two spires (375 ft/114 m and 350 ft/107 m), its stained glass windows, and its superb sculpture.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/world/A0811530.html   (339 words)

 Paris DAY-TRIPS : Cathedral of Chartres - Informations, guide, History and Description
The Cathedrale de Chartres is the best-preserved medieval church in Europe, having miraculously escaped major damage during the Revolution and WWII.
The year after he became emperor in 875, Charlemagne's grandson, Charles the Bald, donated to Chartres the Sancta camisa, the cloth believed to be worn by the virgin Mary when she gave birth to Christ.
The windows of Chartres often distract visitors from a treasure below their feet : a winding labyrinth pattern that is carved in the the floor in the rear of the nave.
www.parisbestlodge.com /chartres1.html   (674 words)

 Chartres Cathedral: When East had already met West
Chartres Cathedral, with her towering spires, has always been a "must study" topic for students of history, archaeology and architecture.
The wide basement or underground beneath the Cathedral was dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Chartres in the second century A.D. by St Pontianus.
Relics of one of the sainted Bishops of Chartres, St Lubin, are in the Undercroft.
www.unicorne.org /orthodoxy/articles/articles_b/chartres.htm   (1081 words)

 The Wondrous Background and History of Chartres Cathedral   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The location of Chartres is so deeply honored and respected that it is the only cathedral not to have a single king, bishop, cardinal, canon, or anyone interred in the soil of its mound.
The bishop of Chartres, Fulbert, immediately undertook the task of its rebuilding, in the Romanesque architecture style of a white church.
Chartres is said to contain the tunic worn by Mary Tamar at the birth of Jesus the Christ!
www.chartressecrets.org /cathedral/background_history.htm   (1071 words)

 Catholic Culture : Document Library : The Cathedral of Chartres
To the artists and the people who built the cathedral, it was the House of God, the Bible in images, and a canticle to praise.
Among those cathedrals dedicated to Our Lady and among the shrines of France, the Cathedral of Chartres stands out in unparalleled significance, both as one of the most venerable sanctuaries in Christendom, and as the most perfect and intact example of the Gothic style.
In a unique way, it was the expression of the age that gave it birth, the daughter of the spiritual climate and the collective conscience of the theocentric Middle Ages.
www.catholicculture.org /docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=2985   (821 words)

 Chartres Cathedral
The town of Chartres, situated to the southeast of Paris, is dominated by its magnificent and justly famous cathedral dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus.
When yet another disastrous fire struck shortly before 1200, gutting the cathedral, the bishop and the cathedral clergy decided to rebuild in the "New" or "French Style," that is, the architectural style known today as Gothic.
Chartres marks the moment when the gothic cathedral interior was rationalized; for the first time the nave elevation was organized according to the ratio of A:B:A. Simply put, the nave arcade (A) is as tall as the clerestory (A), while the height of the intermediate unit, the triforium (B), a second-storey arcade, is variable.
www.olejarz.com /art/chartres   (330 words)

 Chartres Cathedral, Chartres France
Chartres Cathedral, west facade, central portal, detail of lower sections of two figures on the left, 1145-55.
Chartres Cathedral, west facade, central portal, tympanum showing the Apocalyptic Christ [Revelations 4] surrounded by the four beast which became the Four Symbols of the Evangelists, Matthew/ Man; Mark/Lion; Luke/Bull; John/Eagle, referring to the opening texts of each of the Gospels, 1145-55.
Chartres Cathedral, west facade, left portal, detail, Signs of the Zodiac [Cancer and Aries], Labors of the Months [harvesting grain and pruning vines] 1145-55.
www.holycross.edu /departments/visarts/chartres/chartres.htm   (321 words)

 Notre-Dame Cathedral, Chartres, France
Chartres (1990 pop., 39,595) is the capital of Eure-et-Loir department in north central France, situated on the Eure River about 80 km (50 mi) southwest of Paris.
The new cathedral, 134 m (440 ft) long, incorporated the transitional Gothic facade and the south tower, both survivors of the fire, preserving the splendid sculptured bays of the triple Royal Portal (1140-50) and the three stained-glass windows (c.1155) above.
The rest of the cathedral was directly inspired by Abbé Suger's Abbey of Saint-Denis in Paris; the walls, piers, and flying buttresses became a skeletal framework supporting the soaring vaults and enormous windows.
www.discoverfrance.net /France/Cathedrals/Chartres/Notre-Dame_Chartres.shtml   (443 words)

 One Heart Spiritual Resource Center
While the stained glass glows in its incomparable luminosity, the interior of Chartres cathedral is so dark that the lights are kept on in the daytime.
I am always surprised when I hear the statistics of Chartres, that of all the cathedrals, it has the widest nave, the longest transepts, the biggest choir, etc. To me, it is an intimate place.
There are other cathedrals that dazzle me with the number of statues (Reins) and dominate me by their immensity (Amiens), but not Chartres.
www.1heart.com /chartres.html   (960 words)

 Amazon.de: Cathedral of the Black Madonna: The Druids and the Mysteries of Chartres: English Books: Jean Markale   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Descriptions of virtually every inch of the cathedral, every moment in its history and every statue found in its vicinity combine with an exhaustive comparison between Celtic and Catholic traditions to make for a comprehensive discussion of not just the Black Madonna, but of one of the most amazing cathedrals ever built.
The great cathedral of Chartres is renowned the world over as a masterpiece of High Gothic architecture and for its remarkable stained glass, considered alchemical glass, and its mystical labyrinth.
This ancient meeting place, where all the Druids in Gaul gathered once a year, now houses the magnificent Chartres cathedral dedicated both to the Virgin Mary, Mother of God and to one of the most venerated Black Madonnas in Europe: Our Lady of the Pillar.
www.amazon.de /Cathedral-Black-Madonna-Mysteries-Chartres/dp/1594770204   (649 words)

 Retreat Chartres Cathedral
Chartres Cathedral sits serenely in the fields of the Loire Valley, one hour south of Paris, France.
Coming to Chartres for this pilgrimage brings into play several key elements that are a part of the journey of your soul.
Daily sessions of Soul Fusion, New Decision Therapy (emotional body clearings), pilgrimage to the Cathedral, walking the ancient labyrinth, touching the Silence, exploring the mystical shrouded in glass, stone and the symphony of creation that it is -- all of this a new beginning for you.
www.soulfusion.com /html/retreat_chartres_cathedral.html   (528 words)

 France - Chartres Cathedral
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.
Chartres Cathedral, the cathedral church of Notre Dame (Our Lady) in the city of Chartres, in northwestern France, is one of the foremost examples of High Gothic architecture, and widely imitated for its innovations in architecture, sculpture, and stained glass.
Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Remi and Palace of Tau, Reims
worldheritage.heindorffhus.dk /frame-FranceChartres.htm   (503 words)

 Alibris: Chartres
The author contends that the mother and child depicted by Europe's venerated Black Madonna are descended from the image worshipped by druids on the same grounds where the great cathedral of Chartres was built.
The medieval Cathedral of Notre Dame at Chartres, France, is one of the greatest buildings in the world, a marvel of stone masonry, sculpture, and exquisite stained glass.
At Chartres Cathedral, for the first time in medieval art, the lowest register of stained-glass windows depicts working artisans and merchants instead of noble and clerical donors.
www.alibris.com /search/books/subject/Chartres   (756 words)

 Medieval Sourcebook: The Cathedral Chapter of Chartres: The Riot of 1210
In 1210 a mob of the citizens of Chartres, incited by officials of the Countess of Blois-Chartres, assaulted the house of the Dean of the cathedral chapter.
It should hardly need to be noted that this text, which appears in the Cartulary of Notre-Dame to Chartres, represents the views of the Cathedral Chapter, not the citizens.
This is Renaud de Dammartin, count of Boulogne, fourth husband of Ida, the eldest daughter of Matthew d'Alsace and Marie de Boulogne.
www.fordham.edu /halsall/source/1210chartres.html   (1791 words)

 Jill K H Geoffrion: The Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth
Arrive when the cathedral opens, or walk in the late afternoon, for the fewest distractions from tour groups and others that wander across the labyrinth unaware of its significance.
The experience of praying the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral is something pilgrims are likely to remember the rest of their lives.
While the cathedral staff has begun uncovering the labyrinth one day a week during warmer weather, they are still cautious about opening it at other times.
www.jillkhg.com /chartrescathlab.html   (1200 words)

 Chartres - tips by travel authority Howard Hillman
This magnificent medieval Gothic cathedral in France has nearly 200 bright-hued stained glass windows dating back to the 12th and 13th Centuries.
It lowered the load-bearing responsibilities of the Chartres Cathedral walls, allowing them to be taller and full of sizeable holes for the windows.
The outdoor sculptures of Chartres are almost as renowned as the stained glass windows.
www.hillmanwonders.com /chartres/chartres.htm   (159 words)

 Chartres Cathedral and Esoteric Symbolism
The magnificent Cathedral at Chartres, France is a Gothic masterpiece adorned with a host of unusual symbolism.
Chartres Cathedral is the centre of a pilgrimage tradition with its focus-point the Black Madonna, also known as the Virgin of the Crypt.
The church was known to be dedicated to the Virgin as early as the 8th Century and received a relic called the 'Veil of the Virgin'.
www.darkstar1.co.uk /chartres.htm   (2646 words)

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