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Chartres cathedral, an outstanding monument in the medieval town of chartres, france
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chartres cathedral, also known as the cathedral of our lady of chartres (cathédrale notre-dame de chartres), is a roman catholic church in chartres, france, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of paris.
the cathedral has been well preserved and is designated a world heritage site by unesco, which calls it "the high point of french gothic art" and a "masterpiece"
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. it is built of limestone and stands some 371 ft (113 m) high and is 427 ft (130 m) long.
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.
according to tradition, chartres cathedral has housed the tunic of the blessed v****n mary, the sancta camisia, since 876. the relic was said to have been given to the cathedral by charlemagne, who received it as a gift during a trip to jerusalem. because of this relic, chartres has been a very important marian pilgrimage center and the faithful still come from the world over to honor it.