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A scene of every day life in an historic city.
After having spent the morning exploring the great medieval cathedral in Chartres, we finished a fine lunch before heading into the medieval city down by the River. While on our journey we came across this seasoned citizen, walking his bike up an incline. Seems he is outfitted to go to the market. Just an everyday scene in an ancient city.
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Today’s highlighted photo(s) come from one of the finest Gothic cathedrals in Europe, Chartres, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Chartres was built in the 12th century and is unique because it was constructed and furnished in only 66 years, a remarkably short time in an era when it often took centuries to complete such massive projects. As such, the building has a harmony of architecture, stained glass and decor that represent the values of the time. It’s long been a site of Christian pilgrimage.
In the spirit of Christmas, today’s highlighted photos are scenes of the Madonna and child. Enjoy these historic artworks!
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If you’re looking for a nice escape from the crowds and chaos of Paris, consider heading to the small city of Chartres for a day or two. Situated 60 miles (96 km) southwest of Paris, just an hour’s train ride from the Montparnasse station with trains running almost every hour, the town is easy to get to. Chartres has its own charm, is not too crowded and is very easy to explore on foot.
Things to see and do in Chartres:
The main site of interest is the great cathedral whose spires dominate the skyline, about a five minute walk from the train station. Chartres’ Cathedral of our Lady is dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus, a theme present throughout the …