“It is impossible to find a place with more reverence for the Virgin Mary than Chartres, France. The cathedral dedicated to her, Notre-Dame de Chartres, begun in 1195, is the epitome of Gothic architecture and is known as the jewel of France. Considered one of the greatest complete masterpieces of Europe, it has inspired a host of mystics, writers and artists. The great architectural and artistic innovations manifested in the building of this cathedral created a giant leap forward in the worlds of art and architecture. They were developed with a miraculous intuition inspired by adoration of the Mother of God, the patroness of Chartres.”– from “Holy Places: Sacred Sites in Catholicism”.
The cathedral lords over the Medieval city:
The numerous jamb statues; the saints welcome in the pilgrim:
The Sancta Camisa, tunic of the Blessed Mother, which, kept at Chartres after it was given by Charlemagne, miraculously survived a great fire: