Unlike Notre Dame de Paris, Notre Dame de Chartres survives almost intact, which is marvelous.
Excerpt from Wikipedia with Japanese translation.



‪Chartres Cathedral‬


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Chartres Cathedral

The French medieval Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres) is a Latin Rite Catholic cathedral located in Chartres, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) southwest of Paris. It is considered one of the finest examples of the French High Gothic style. The current cathedral, mostly constructed between 1194 and 1250, is the last of at least five which have occupied the site since the town became a bishopric in the 4th century.

フランス中世のシャルトル聖母大聖堂(仏語: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres)は、 Latin Riteカトリック聖堂で、パリ南西80Kの町シャルトルにあり、フランス盛期ゴシック様式の最高レベルの建造物とみなされている。現在の大聖堂は、おおむね1194年から1250年に建造され、4世紀に司教区が置かれて以降少なくとも5回この地を占めてきた最後の建築物である。

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The cathedral is in an exceptional state of preservation. The majority of the original stained glass windows survive intact, while the architecture has seen only minor changes since the early 13th century. The building’s exterior is dominated by heavy flying buttresses which allowed the architects to increase the window size significantly, while the west end is dominated by two contrasting spires – a 105-metre (349 ft) plain pyramid dating from the 1140s and a 113-metre (377 ft) early 16th century Flamboyant spire on top of an older tower. Equally notable are the three great façades, each adorned with hundreds of sculpted figures illustrating key theological themes and narratives.

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Flying buttresses

Since at least the 12th century the cathedral has been an important destination for travellers – and remains so to this day, attracting large numbers of Christian pilgrims, many of who come to venerate its famous relic, the Sancta Camisa, said to be the tunic worn by the Virgin Mary at Christ’s birth, as well as large numbers of secular tourists who come to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

大聖堂は、少なくとも12世紀以来今日まで、旅行者の重要な目的地であり続けている。多くのキリスト教巡礼者は、聖母マリアがキリストを出産するときに身にまとっていたチューニックだという言い伝えのある有名な聖遺物Sancta Camisaを崇め、一方、一般の旅行者はユネスコの世界遺産を見学するために来訪する。

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Chartres 1750, J.B. Rigaud

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La cathédrale de Chartres