Chartres Cathedral

Chartres, Paris

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General Information

The full name of Chartres Cathedral is actually Cathe Notre-Dame de Chartres. In English language, this means: The Cathedral of Notre Dame. This church also represents "our Lady Mary". This Cathedral was dedicated to John the Baptist and Virgin Mary: Jesus's mother. This church is still active to this day and holds regular services for Christians in Chartres, France. Chartres Cathedral was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979. The cathedral is a huge tourist attraction because of it's famed labyrinth and the beautiful stained glass windows that are found everywhere in the building!
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Why is it sacred and Who is it Sacred to?

The Chartres Cathedral is very sacred to Christians because it is a Christian Cathedral and is said to hold a very important artifact from Jesus's birth. Supposedly, this cathedral is said to contain Virgin Mary's robe that had been worn when giving birth to baby Christ. Another reason this church is very sacred is that it is the only Cathedral in the world to maintain it's old fashioned style and look and even though it was burnt down many times, the architects each time decided to keep it's look ancient and in what they called "old glory" style. Some of the stained glass windows are original and so the images display many scenes from the Holy Bible. Additionally the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral is said to be a maze that can lead people closer to God. This makes this site very holy as the whole point of the Christian religion is to die and then live forever in God's Holy Kingdom. You could also seek repentance in the labyrinth and so people seeking repentance would "walk" on their knees through the maze. These reasons could be why people see Chartres Cathedral as very holy and sacred.
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Location

Chartres Cathedral is located in the modern/medieval town of Chartres, just under 50 miles from Paris. The Cathedral is situated in the north-western section of France and is planted between Chartres and the plain Beauce.
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History

Templar Charles, the Knights' Templar through much grueling effort, helped supervise the original construction of Chartres Cathedral in 876 A.D. He hired just shy of 300 men for the job. The Chartres cathedral was first built in the year of 876 A.D. The Cathedral was then burnt down in 1020 and the Bishop Fulbert of Chartres, decided immediately to have it rebuilt. It was then rebuilt fully in 1033 A.D. Later, a lightning storm caused another fire to burn the cathedral down again in 1194 A.D. and was finally rebuilt with the help of 3500 workers or volunteers for the last time so far, in 1260 A.D. The robe of Mary was preserved through all of the Cathedral's catastrophes and so, it remains one of the most interesting and holy places for Christians and anyone else interested in the birth of Christ to visit!
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