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Chartres Cathedral

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The existing building of Chartres Cathedral is the greatest example of French Gothic architectural style. The cathedral contains outstanding sculptures and stained glass windows.

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A: Chartres Cathedral

Par Martin Broomfield, à moins de 10 mètres

The existing building of Chartres Cathedral is the greatest example of French Gothic architectural st...

Chartres Cathedral

B: Choir Screen, Chartres Cathedral

Par Martin Broomfield, à 20 mètres

The exquisitely carved choir screen in Chartres Cathedral. The cathedral is the greatest example of F...

Choir Screen, Chartres Cathedral

C: Chartres Cathedral

Par Alexandr Danilov, à 30 mètres

Chartres Cathedral

D: Chartres Cathedral

Par Alexandr Danilov, à 50 mètres

Chartres Cathedral

E: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres

Par Alexandr Danilov, à 50 mètres

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres

F: Chartres Cathedral

Par Martin Broomfield, à 50 mètres

The existing building of Chartres Cathedral is the greatest example of French Gothic architectural st...

Chartres Cathedral

G: jardin de la cathedrale

Par Marc Sans, à 60 mètres

jardin de la cathedrale

H: jardin de l'éveché et musée

Par Marc Sans, à 70 mètres

jardin de l'éveché et musée

I: Musée de Chartres

Par Marc Sans, à 80 mètres

Musée de Chartres

J: Chartres Cathedral

Par Alexandr Danilov, à 80 mètres

Chartres Cathedral

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France is affectionately referred to as "the Hexagon" for its overall shape.

French history goes back to the Gauls, a Celtic tribe which inhabited the area circa 300BC until being conquered by Julius Caesar.

The Franks were the first tribe to adopt Catholic Christianity after the Roman Empire collapsed. France became an independent location in the Treaty of Verdun in (843 AD), which divided up Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire into several portions.

The French monarchy reached its zenith during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, who stood for seventy-two years as the Monarch of all Monarchs. His palace of Versailles and its Hall of Mirrors are a splendid treasure-trove of Baroque art.

The French Revolution ended the rule of the monarchy with the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" On July 14th, 1789 angry mobs stormed La Bastille prison and began the Revolution in which Louis XVI, his wife Marie-Antoinette and thousands of others met the guillotine.

One decade after the revolution, Napolean Bonaparte seized control of the Republic and named himself Emperor. His armies conquered most of Europe and his Napoleonic Code became a lasting legal foundation for concepts of personal status and property.

During the period of colonization France controlled the largest empire in the world, second only to Britain.

France is one of the founding members of the European Union and the United Nations, as well as one of the nuclear armed nations of the world.

Text by Steve Smith.

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