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PostSubject: Chartres Cathedral   13/11/2010, 10:16 pm

The Chartres Cathedral of France is situated in Chartes, abouteighty kilometers southwest of Paris. It is one of the best & mostfamous churches in the entire France. It is counted third best amongthe Gothic style of architecture. It’s full name is the Cathedral ofOur Lady of Chartres.It is a beautiful sight to see from a distance, between the wheatfields and only when tourists come closer to the church, it stands onthe top of the hill and stands out in beauty. The Chartres Cathedralwas built in the 16th century and it has two Spires, the first one is349 feet and the other is 377 feet tall.As far as the history of the cathedral goes, this cathedral was saidto be the most imperative building in the city. It acted as a biglandmark for the local public and also for the nearby visitors. Allimportant activities were entered around the cathedral. Sometimesduring the middle age, the cathedral worked as the market place. In themiddle of all this, the priests however were always against thecathedral being used as a market place. So much so, that they did notallow people selling wine in the crypt. The cathedral was a commonassembly point for different kinds of workmen to find jobs forthemselves. The Chartres Cathedral is one of the most visited Gothicchurches in the entire France. The Chartres was a place where pilgrimsused to come quite often and during older days, the church used to be ahospital to take care of the sick.
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