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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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Panorama's in de omgeving van France

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A: Chartres Cathedral

door Alexandr Danilov, 20 hier vandaan

Chartres Cathedral

B: Chartres Cathedral

door Alexandr Danilov, 20 hier vandaan

Chartres Cathedral

C: Chartres Cathedral

door Alexandr Danilov, 30 hier vandaan

Chartres Cathedral

D: Choir Screen, Chartres Cathedral

door Martin Broomfield, 40 hier vandaan

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

Choir Screen, Chartres Cathedral

E: Chartres Cathedral

door Martin Broomfield, 50 hier vandaan

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

Chartres Cathedral

F: Chartres Cathedral

door Martin Broomfield, 50 hier vandaan

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

Chartres Cathedral

G: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres

door Alexandr Danilov, 70 hier vandaan

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres

H: Musée de Chartres

door Marc Sans, 80 hier vandaan

Musée de Chartres

I: jardin de la cathedrale

door Marc Sans, 80 hier vandaan

jardin de la cathedrale

J: jardin de l'éveché et musée

door Marc Sans, 80 hier vandaan

jardin de l'éveché et musée

Dit panorama is genomen in France

Dit is een overzicht van France

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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